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Campaign urges building operators to phase out R22

Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning has launched a campaign to highlight the issue of new refrigerant legislation that could affect more than 50% of UK commercial properties.

EU Regulation 1005/2009 rules that to halt the risk of damage to the ozone layer, hydrochlorofluorocarbons are to be phased out completely by 31 December 2014. It is estimated that up to 60% of commercial buildings in the UK still use the HCFC R22.

The “R22 Be Aware” campaign is designed to make those who own, lease or manage commercial properties with air conditioning or refrigeration in the UK, aware of how these important changes to legislation might affect them.

As of 1 January 2015, R22 will become illegal and the regulation effectively obliges all operators to review, replace or modify essential equipment by the end of 2014.

Operators who fail to take any action will find that their systems are unserviceable and could risk extended down-time in order to modify or renew equipment from this date.

The laws are strict surrounding the use of R22 and there are penalties for equipment owners and operators who fail to comply.

Adcock is offering a free site survey to any operators who may be affected by this issue and can offer a variety of solutions from modification to replacement.  They have also put in place a financial scheme to help operators to spread the cost of any replacement systems for up to five years, minimising the impact on cashflow.

In today’s issue of H&V News, Borahurst director Dave Clarke reveals his concerns regarding the replacement of R22 refrigerant. Mr Clarke also believes many building owners will be caught out when its use becomes banned from the start of next year.

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