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Guide aims to instill good practice when replacing common refrigerants

The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has responded to the challenges to industry as a result of the new F Gas Regulation with a guide on coping with the changes to availability of common refrigerants, and the need to use new refrigerants.

Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants has been produced by experts from the Association with the support of external consultants.

BRA president Mike Lawrence says: “Our aim is to help people find an appropriate response to the F-Gas regulation that has come from the EU. The report highlights the very real challenges that clients in sectors such as retail refrigeration will face as a result of F-Gas.”

The report highlights that from the start of 2015 a ‘cap and phase down’ was introduced which seeks to reduce the amount of HFC refrigerants placed on the market. 

The cap and phase down does not ban the sale of any particular HFC, instead it will limit the total supply of all HFCs across the EU based on the total tonnes CO2 equivalent.

Under the EU F-Gas regulation there will also be a ban from 2020 on new equipment using refrigerants with a global warming potential (GWP) of more than 2500.

There will also be a ban on using such refrigerants for servicing existing systems from the same date. 

Mr Lawrence added: “There can be no doubt that the F-Gas regulation will have an impact on the market for certain refrigerants. For example, companies using R404A in their systems must ensure that the refrigerant is reclaimed and kept for future servicing. This is a very different approach to the one that we have been used to.

“The report gives a clear indication of possible approaches to dealing with phase down, and the BRA hopes that this will support good practice.”

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