Are you Compliant?
Your air conditioning, refrigeration and chiller systems now have to comply with environmental legislation. We'll help you get ahead of the game and avoid the risk of prosecution and heavy fines.
While international efforts have been made to phase out ozone-depleting CFC and HCFC gases like R22, there are now also strict regulations controlling the use, maintenance and containment of HFCs (fluorinated or F-Gases) because of their high Global Warming potential (GWP). These gases are widely used in air conditioning, refrigeration and process chiller systems and compliance to EU F-Gas Regulation 842/2006 is mandatory.
This places considerable responsibility on business owners to prevent leakage, carry out regular inspections, maintain detailed records and ensure staff are trained to the latest national qualification standards.
We can take on the burden of that responsibility and free you to focus on your business.
And we don’t just ensure compliance with the latest regulations. As a matter of routine we’ll carry out a full system analysis on your air conditioning and refrigeration systems to check its efficiency and performance, helping to reduce your costs and picking up potential faults before they happen.
9 April 2007
GB ODS Qualifications Regulations 2006 No1510 require anyone handling ODS refrigerants in stationary equipment to hold either City and Guilds 2078 or CITB equivalent.
4 July 2007
Under EU F-Gas Regulation No 842/2006, operators of stationary refrigerating equipment now have to:
- Prevent leakage - have leaks repaired as soon as possible by certified personnel and keep service and maintenance records detailing quantity and type of F gas used.
- Carry out a regular fixed schedule of inspections for leaks for equipment with a circuit charge of 3kg or more following a standard leak checking and procedure laid down by the Commission. This includes an obligation to check repairs made within one month.
- Where systems have a charge of over 300kg they must in addition install fixed leakage detection systems.
- Ensure the proper recovery of F Gases by certified personnel, to ensure their recycling, reclamation or destruction.
Additionally it should be noted that the placing on the market of non-refillable containers of F gases has now been banned. Containers already placed on the market at that date can still be sold.
1 April 2008
New Products and new field assembled systems containing HFC have to be appropriately labelled when they are first placed on the market.
9 March 2009
GB F-Gas and ODS Training Regulations came into force, naming the new qualifications and confirming that operatives holding an existing qualification City & Guilds 2078 or valid CITBJ01 by this date would be considered to be temporarily with an interim certificate - allowing them until July 2011 to update their qualifications to the new standard.
4 July 2009
Companies who employ operatives who undertake activity within the scope of the F Gas Regulations must have obtained a Company Certificate to continue to carry out this work.
1 January 2010
Under the EC (ODS) Regulation 2037/2000, no virgin HCFC can be supplied or used for servicing existing equipment.
4 July 2011
Personnel carrying out service, maintenance, recovery or leak checking on stationary refrigeration equipment containing refrigerants covered by the F Gas Regulation must have obtained one of the updated national qualifications (C&G 2079 or CITB J01)
1 January 2015
Under the EC (ODS) Regulation 2037/2000, no recycled or recovered HCFC can be supplied or used to service existing equipment. Changes in the regulation set up a CO2 equivalent HFC phase down, with all future measures taken being calculated against the CO2 equivalent and the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of the refrigerant, rather than the weight.
1 January 2020
For the servicing and maintenance of refrigeration equipment whose load is > 40T equivalent CO2 (except for equipment whose temperature is < -50°C); the use of virgin HFC’s or virgin blends containing HFC’s with GWP > 2500 is prohibited.
1 January 2022
Ban on hermetically sealed commercial refrigerators and freezers containing HFC’s with GWP> 150. Also, ban on refrigeration units (2 or more parallel compressors) whose power is > 40kW and containing HFC’s with GWP > 150. This ban will not apply to primary centralised cascade refrigeration systems where the fluid has a GWP < 1500 (medium temperature system to which 1 or more refrigeration systems are connected for cooling their condenser/s).
More details of the regulations can be found at the UK Government's F Gas Support group site here.
What does it mean for your organisation?
The F-Gas Regulation requires the person having control of the equipment containing the F gas refrigerant to have the following measures in place:
Full asset register of all refrigeration equipment, including:
- Equipment Name/Description
- Refrigerant Type
- Refrigerant Quantity (Estimated if unknown)
- System Refrigerant CO2 Equivalent (Estimated if unknown)
Routine, and recorded, refrigerant leak testing on all equipment whose refrigerant charge is > 5T CO2 equivalent.
Maintain full records of all activities associated with refrigerant, i.e.:
- Routine & spontaneous leak testing
- Refrigerant added or removed
- Replacement of components that are associated with the refrigerant circuit
- Scrapping or selling equipment
If you'd like any assistance in this area or would simply like some advice then give us a call on 0115 979 0644 or use our contact form and we'll happy to help you with any query you may have.