WhatGas? is a new UN Environment OzonAction application incorporating an information and identification tool for refrigerants gases: ozone depleting substances (ODS), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other alternatives. It intended to provide a number of stakeholders, including customs officers, Montreal Protocol National Ozone Officers and refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians with a modern, easy to use tool that can be accessed via mobile devices to facilitate work in the field, when dealing with or inspecting ODS and alternatives. If the user requires additional information or assistance in identifying a refrigerant gas they are inspecting or that is described in the relevant paperwork, this can easily obtained by consulting the application.
The app is searchable via a variety of methods and provides a wealth of useful information. By entering partial information or browsing the database, the application will provide quick reference information on many aspects of the chemical in question, including: the chemical name and formula; type of chemical, common trade names; various chemical and commodity identifiers (CAS numbers, ASHRAE designations, HS codes, UN numbers, etc); as well as other useful information such as flammability and other hazards; the ozone depleting and global warming potentials and if the chemical is controlled under the Montreal Protocol. The app includes both pure substances and mixtures (blends).
The application forms a part of UN Environment OzonAction’s portfolio of activities and tools to assist developing counties. OzonAction provides assistance to various stakeholders in developing countries, including customs officers and technicians, to achieve and maintain compliance with the Montreal Protocol on Substances the Deplete the Ozone Layer.