R22 Refrigerant legislation

R22 is classed as a greenhouse gas and in a continuing bid to decrease global warming, a complete ban on the refrigerant, including reclaimed or recycled, comes into force on 31st December 2014.

New legislation is enforcing the removal and replacement of R22 refrigerants. New installations will only use refrigerants like R410a that have zero Ozone Depleting Potential.

Companies should begin to examine phase-out strategies by identifying units that use HCFC refrigerants. The decision to replace, convert or leave as-is can then be made based on criteria such as system type, age, condition, and, last but not least, energy efficiency. Replacing systems with equipment that uses an eco-friendly refrigerant, like R410a, may well be the most cost-effective option for some old, inefficient systems.The cost of replacing will bring savings in operational electricity costs through improved energy efficiency.

The Carbon Trust can offer interest free loans to upgrade your existing system. The loan scheme is designed so that anticipated energy savings offset the repayments on the loan. The government are also providing incentives and have introduced the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme. This allows any company replacing an existing air conditioning system with a new efficient model to offset the entire cost of the project against its taxable profits for the year the system is installed. A new system will also help improve the Energy performance of the building.
Should you wish to discuss your options further please feel free to contact us on 01245 324 188 so we can best advise you on the way forward.