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Andrew Gaved, Editor

F-Gas: The Key Dates For Bans: Updated with recycled refrigerant information

The European Parliament has now published the text for its informal agreement for the F-Gas Regulations. We have reproduced the table of key dates and, for those who want to pore over the detail, we have enclosed the official document too. Importantly, use of recycled or reclaimed HFCs will give a significant period of grace for contractors and end users

F-gas: Key Dates for Cooling Industry

Service and maintenance ban 

HFCs with GWPs of 2500 or more (applies to equipment with a charge of 40 tonnes CO2e or above)

*Does not apply to equipment for operation at below -50 deg C or military applications

1st January  2020
Reclaimed HFCs with GWPs of 2500 or more - used for the maintenance or servicing of existing refrigeration equipmen - provided they are labeled accordingly1st January 2030

Recycled HFCs with GWPs of 2500 or more - used for the maintenance or servicing of existing refrigeration equipment- provided they have been recovered from such equipment.

May only be used by the firm that recovered it or by the firm whose installation it was recovered from

1st January 2030
‘Placing on the market’ (new equipment) bansi 
Domestic refrigerators and freezers that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more: 1st January 2015
Refrigerators and freezers  forcommercial use (hermetically sealed systems) containing  HFCs with GWPs of 2500 and over1st January  2020
Refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (hermetically sealed systems) containing  HFCs with GWPs of 150 and over1st January  2022
Stationary refrigeration equipment that contains, or that relies upon for its functioning, HFCs with GWPs of 2500 or more (except equipment for temperatures below -50 deg C1st January  2020
Multipack centralised refrigeration systems for commercial use with a capacity of 40 kW or more that contain, or that rely upon for their functioning, fluorinated greenhouse gases with GWP of 150 or more (except in the primary refrigerant circuit of cascade systems, where fluorinated greenhouse gases with a GWP of less than 1500 may be used)1st January  2022
Movable room air-conditioning appliances (hermetically sealed equipment which is movable between rooms by the end user) that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more1st January  2020
Single split air-conditioning systems containing less than 3 kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases, that contain, or that rely upon for their functioning, fluorinated greenhouse gases with GWP of 750 or more1st January  2025

Readers' comments (1)

  • Some strange dates here.

    I assume that some details need to be added because as i read it, you can't service or maintain a plant with HFCs with GWPs of 2500 or more after 1st January 2020, but you can still purchase stationary refrigeration equipment that contains, or that relies upon for its functioning, HFCs with GWPs of 2500 or more up until the night before. How does that make any sense?

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