New F-Gas regulations – What installers need to know

With the new F-Gas regulations (EU 517/2014) taking effect in January 2015 to phase down their use, Graham Wright summarises the challenges and opportunities that the latest legislative update presents to installers in the UK.
Often used as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), fluorinated gases (HFC) may not damage the atmospheric ozone layer but their global warming effect remains up to 23,000 times higher than CO2.
The recently revised F-Gas regulations will require further green commitment from manufacturers, installers, managers and owners of  commercial cooling and refrigeration technology, in order to advance the phase-down of fluorinated gases that bear a high global warming potential (GWP). This intermediate step in the EU’s quest to significantly lower the volume of F-Gas sales by 2020 is expected to drive the adoption of more climate-friendly technology.
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[author image=”” ]Graham Wright is a Legislation Specialist for Daikin UK who has worked in the air conditioning industry for 30 years. He is currently responsible for reviewing existing and pending EU and UK legislation appertaining to the heating and air conditioning sector – specifically in Part L, BREEAM, and EN standards, complete with the associated legal requirements within the industry. He also participates in a number of industry groups with FETA and is the President of HEVAC.[/author]