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28/04/14 F-gas restrictions come into play from next year

F-gas restrictions come into play from next year

Fluorinated gases, recognised as being powerful greenhouse gases, are to be banned in some new air conditioning and refrigeration equipment from January 2015. New restrictions on the use of fluorinated gases, known as F-gases, were adopted by the European Council in April 2014 with the aim of reducing F-gas emissions in the EU by two-thirds of today's levels by 2030.

The regulation introduces bans on the placing on the market of the following products:

  • domestic refrigerators and freezers containing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a global warming potential (GWP) of 150 or more as from 1 January 2015;
  • refrigerators and freezers for commercial use containing HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020, and containing HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2022;
  • stationary refrigeration equipment that contains or relies upon for its functioning HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020;
  • centralised refrigeration systems for commercial use with a capacity of 40kW or more that contain or rely upon their functioning, fluorinated gases with a GWP of 150 or more, from 1 January 2022;
  • movable room air-conditioning appliances that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2020;
  • single split air-conditioning systems containing less than 3 kg of F-gases that contain F-gases with a GWP of 750 or more from 1 January 2025;
  • foams that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more, extruded polystyrene from 1 January 2020 and other foams 1 January 2023; and
  • technical aerosols that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2018.

The regulation also establishes rules regarding containment, use, recovery and destruction of F-gases.

The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has welcomed the adoption of the regulation. EHPA's general secretary, Thomas Nowak, said: "It will trigger the phasing in of alternative refrigerants for product groups where this is feasible already today and it will kick-off research and development for those product groups, where the alternatives are still unclear."

If you're looking at installing air conditioning or refrigeration systems in Sussex and want expert advice you can trust, call TSS Facilities.

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