Are you compliant?
1st 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.
From January 1st 2015, the final phase of EU Regulation 2037/2000 on ozone-depleting substances came into effect and it will be illegal to handle R22 refrigerant after that date.
If you are concerned that any of your air conditioning or refrigeration systems are still using the banned R22 refrigerant, you need to act now. Although systems can continue to use R22, you will not be permitted to carry out repairs or maintenance after the deadline. The only options in the event of a failure or breakdown will be to replace the systems entirely or upgrade them to use one of new, ozone friendly refrigerants – both like to cause significant disruption to your business.
Give us a call now, while there's still time, and we’ll help you work out the best way to upgrade with least impact on your business. We'll use our experience & smart thinking to produce the best solution for you - always looking at the bigger picture and the best return on investment.
You'll find information on the full requirements of the legislation here.
The best R22 phase-out option depends on the age, efficiency and adaptability of your existing plant. Where existing systems still have some useful life, and are capable of delivering reasonable efficiency, it may be possible to retrofit with a replacement refrigerant. In summary, the three main options are:
1. Replace the whole plant
This is the most expensive option, but enables you to minimise leakage, maximise energy efficiency and achieve the most environmentally friendly outcome.
- New plant can be designed for optimum energy efficiency
- New plant can use the latest technology
- New plant can be specified to meet your current and future cooling requirements
- New plant is likely to have 20 to 30 year life expectancy
- It is possible to “group” small plants
- You can avoid using HFCs altogether for the lowest environmental impact
- Most expensive in terms of initial cost
- Longest implementation time
- Potentially the most significant impact on business continuity
2. Change the refrigerant
This is much cheaper than installing a new plant, but you will still have to make additional investments to ensure leakage is minimised and reliability and efficiency are maximised.
- Fairly quick implementation
- Probably much lower capital cost than plant replacement
- Efficiency may get worse
- Cooling capacity may fall
- Not applicable to all plant designs
- Some risks of increased reliability issues
- Plant life will not be extended
3. Do nothing
This is the easy option, but carries considerable risks. If your system fails after January 1st 2015, it will not be possible to carry out a repair.
- Easy, zero capital cost option
- Avoids being an “early mover” – you can benefit from experience gained on other conversions
- New technology options could enter the market in the next few years
- Efficiency may get worse
- There is no guarantee that recycled HCFCs will be available at reasonable cost up to the deadline
- You're only delaying your response and should have adopted Option 1 or 2 by 31st December 2014
If you are running air conditioning, refrigeration or chiller systems and are concerned about compliance with EU Regulation 2037/2000 on ozone-depleting substances, call us now for a free site survey and consultation on 0115 979 0644 or use our contact form. It will cost you nothing and will give you a better understanding of what you have to do to comply with this deadline.
The R22 phase-out may seem like one headache too many, but with our help, and some smart thinking, it could transform the efficiency of your cooling systems and create real savings in the longer term.