The British Refrigeration Association has warned that not enough R22 is being reclaimed as the 2010 ban looms.
The BRA carried out a market survey which collected information on the levels of R22 being recovered and then either sent for destruction or reclaimed back to a specification suitable for reuse.
The survey found that R22 reclaimed in 2007 was just over 200 tonnes or approximately 12 per cent of the current demand.
The BRA says this must increase dramatically if industry is to meet the likely demand after the January 1, 2010 ban.
The survey, which was compiled from data submitted by all of the major refrigerant distributors, also found that the quantity of virgin R22 sold in 2007 was close to 30 per cent less than that sold in 2004. The BRA sees as a sign that the industry is moving away from the refrigerant in good time.
It also found that the amount of virgin R22 sold in 2007 was still over 1,900 tonnes, all of it used to service existing R22 systems.
The BRA has published a Fact Finder (No.14) that gives the various options available to reduce the dependence of industry on R22 and other HCFCs.