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F gas regulations - Refrigerant use ban timetable

By z4028651230, May 13 2016 05:39PM

The F Gas regulations is a series of laws, most recently updated in 2015, which govern the use of refrigerants contained within air conditioning systems, and, as importantly, also outline the phasing-out of refrigerant bans.

You are probably aware that the F Gas regulations already require mandatory leak testing to a/c and refrigeration plant, the frequency of which is dictated by the size of the refrigerant charge contained within, but today we wanted to talk about not what the F Gas regulations already cover, but what they will cover in the future.

The following will be banned as of the 1st January 2020;

- Stationary refrigeration equipment that contains HFC with a GWP (Global Warming Potential) of 2,500 or more (except equipment designed to cool products to temperatures below -50deg C).

- Refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (hermetically sealed systems) that contain HFC's with GWP of 2,500 or more.

- Portable room air conditioing appliances (hermetically sealed equipment which is movable between rooms by the end userT that contain HFC's with GWP of 150 or more.

- The use of F Gases with a GWP above 2,500 to maintain existing refrigeration systems with a charge size of 40tonnes CO2e, or more, shall be prohibited. It will still be legal to operate systems affected by this Service Ban, but we will not be allowed to 'top up' any leaks with virgin refrigerant - we will still be able to use reclaimed or recovered refrigerant for plant maintenance until 1st January 2030.

The following will be banned as of 1st January 2022;

- Refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (hermetically sealed systems) that contain HFC's with GWP of 150 or more.

- Mulit-pack centralised refrigeration systems for commercial use with a capacity of 40kW, or more, that contain fluorinated greenhouse gases with GWP of 150 or more (with the exception of primary circuits of cascade refrigeration systems which contain gases with a GWP of less than 1500, which may still be used.)

The following will be banned as of 1st January 2025:

- Single split system a/c units containing less than 3kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases with GWP of 750 or more.

CO2e refers to Carbon Dioxide equivalent.

GWP refers to Global Warming Potential

HFC refers to Hydrofluorocarbons (gases containing Hydrogen, Fluorine and Carbon.)

F Gases refer to Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (gases containing fluorine which contribute to global warming.

(CFC's, or Chlorofluorocarbons, containing Chlorine, Fluorine and Carbon as well as HCFC's, or hydrochlorofluorcarbons, containing Hydrogen, Chlorine, Fluorine and Carbon have largely been addressed by legislation already)

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