What is next with F-Gas?

refcom-graphicThis month’s ACRIB column explores the next steps with the F-Gas regulations.

On 14th April the EU Council voted to accept the revisions of the F-Gas regulations. The final text will be published in the EU Official Journal by June, and enter into force in January 2015.

The EU and UK Governments are preparing supplementary Implementing Acts and Guidance on definitions which will help to clarify how we need to plan for these changes as they come in over the next few years.

Contracting companies working the sector will need to out for some of the following points as more details are released:

  • from 1st January 2020 a ban on the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases with a GWP of 2500 or more in equipment with a charge size of 40 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or more, in all but low temperature applications. Reclaimed and recycled may still be used in certain circumstances until January 2030.
  • A series of bans on the supply of F gases for new commercial equipment with various dates of prohibition based on type of application and GWP values between 2020 and 2025.
  • Existing individual training certificates will remain valid unless their current certificate has an expiry date on it. “Access to information” about technologies to replace F Gases and existing legislation related to their use will need to be made available to the existing certified workforce – details have not yet been specified.
  • In future training and certification of individuals new to the sector will need to cover information on technologies that replace or reduce the use of Fluorinate greenhouse gases – further advice on this is awaited from the Commission.
  • Companies and individuals who carry out work on F gases will have a new legal obligation to take precautionary measures to prevent leakage and to keep records of leak checks carried out.
  • Businesses which assign tasks to sub contractors will have to ascertain that they have the necessary F gas certification.
  • Leak checking frequency for equipment in future will be based on the amount of refrigerant contained in the system expressed in CO2 equivalent instead of weight of refrigerant. System records of leak tests carried out must be kept for 5 years.
  • From 2017 new equipment will need to be labelled with the CO2 equivalent of refrigerant contained, including information about reclaimed or recycled refrigerant.
  • Refrigerated trucks and trailers will be coming into scope.

These and the additional new requirements for suppliers, manufacturers and end users are complex and detailed, with a number of exemptions. There are various dates at which certain obligations and prohibitions come into force to be considered. DEFRA has confirmed that detailed written guidance will be made available over the coming months. More news and links available at www.acrib.org.uk

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