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Is your air conditioning and refrigeration equipment compliant
The new F-Gas regulations became law on 4th July 2006 with the majority of measures taking effect from 4th July 2007.
The main objective of this regulation is to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of the fluorinated greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto protocol. The regulation addresses containment, use, recover, destruction, reporting, labelling, training and certification on the market prohibitions for the fluorinated gases.
The relevant parts affecting refrigeration and air conditioning are detailed below:
Operators of stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment shall use all measures which are technically feasible and do not entail disproportionate cost to prevent leakage of HFCs and as soon as possible repair any detected leakage.
An operator is defined as the natural or legal person exercising actual power over the technical functioning of the systems covered by this regulation. A member state may in specific situations designate the owner as being responsible for the operator’s obligations.
These operators shall ensure systems are checked for leakage by certified personnel, as defined by the training and certification requirement.
- Systems shall be checked for leakage dependant on refrigerant charge.
- 3kg charge and above – check at least every 12 months.
- 30kg charge and above – check at least every 6 months.
- 300kg charge and above – check at least every 3 months.
- A system shall be checked for leakage within 1 month after a leak has been repaired to ensure the repair was effective.
- Operators of equipment containing 300kg or more shall install leakage detection systems – these must be checked every 12 months.
- “Checked for leakage” means that the system is examined for leakage using direct and indirect methods.
Operators of equipment with more than 3kg will need to maintain records on the quantity and type of HFC installed. Any quantities added or recovered during maintenance, servicing and disposal will need to be recorded along with leak checks and any actions taken. These records need to be made available upon request by the authority.
Operators of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment are responsible for putting in place arrangements for the proper recovery by certified personnel who comply with the training and certification requirements.
From 4 July 2011 it became a legal requirement for all businesses that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and/or heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain F gas refrigerants to obtain a Full F-Gas Company Certificate) It is now a criminal offence to carry out the above activities without a Company Certificate.
Also from 4 July 2011 it became a legal requirement that all engineers that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and/or heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain F gas refrigerants require to have completed the F-Gas Handling assessment and hold a City and Guild 2079 (or CITB equivalent) qualification.
F-Gas Update 20/10/2014
The new F-Gas regulations now relate to not only stationary equipment, but also Refrigerated Trucks and Trailers;
Article 4 of the new F-Gas Regulations, EC Reg 517 states that operators of equipment that contain fluorinated gases in quantities of 5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or more, must have their equipment leak checked. For example: if the systems contain R404A, then 5 tonnes CO2 equivalent equates to 1.275kg of R404A. So if you operate, maintain or repair such equipment, from the 1st of January 2015 you will need to hold the necessary qualification, such as a City and Guilds 2079.
It should be noted that equipment with less than 3Kg but more than 5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent of refrigerant, will not have to be leak checked until the 1st January 2017. (The term ‘Refrigerated Truck’ means a motor vehicle with a mass of more than 3.5 tonnes that is designed and constructed primarily to carry goods and that is equipped with a refrigeration unit)
The updated regulations also increase the responsibility on the aforementioned operators with regard to record keeping, recovery and containment.