National Hockey League® (NHL) and The Chemours Company announced a multi-year partnership focused on providing Opteon™ refrigerant to rinks across North America. The partnership announcement follows the release of the 2018 NHL Sustainability Report which assesses the NHL’s environmental impact and its commitment to ensure all levels of hockey support the NHL Greener Rinks Initiative, a League-wide program committed to sharing sustainable business practices with community rink owners and operators.
Chemours will work with the NHL and community rink owners and operators to identify cost-effective, sustainable alternatives, such as Opteon™ refrigerants, which are non-ozone depleting and have a low global warming potential (GWP). According to officials with Chemours, this effort comes at a crucial time as many community rinks across North America currently use HCFC-22 which is being phased out pursuant to the Montreal Protocol, or HFCs, which are being phased down through the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
For community rink owners and operators, several factors need to be considered when selecting refrigerants and refrigeration systems to create the perfect sheet of ice including equipment age, installation and ongoing maintenance cost, safety, performance, and energy efficiency of the new fluid. The partnership and opportunity to use Opteon™ refrigerants will provide options for community rinks across North America that are faced with the need to address environmental regulations, while also providing solutions for more sustainable, cost-effective business practices to ensure hockey thrives at all levels.
The NHL Greener Rinks Initiative measures and evaluates the combined environmental impact of approximately 4,800 indoor ice rinks across North America. The program aims to help rink owners and operators make sustainable business decisions in their aging community rinks, many with an average age of 30 years. The effort will aim to reduce energy costs and help more rinks stay operational, maintaining access to the game for future generations.
Since its launch in 2010, NHL Green has been committed to promoting green business practices across the League as well as preserving the environment. For more information, visit NHL.com/Green.