Supermarkets have been dealt a blow by the publication of a report that criticises them for not moving quickly enough towards natural refrigerants.
The rac industry is rallying to defend its right to use HFCs after the European Commission indicated it wants to see a further a crackdown because of the refrigerants’ high Global Warming Potential.
The news comes amidst moves by major retailers to introduce tougher criteria for engineers as they meet their responsibilities under the F-Gas regulations.
Cabinet specialist SPG has undergone a management buyout, with the current operational team, Tony David, Steve Leach, Harry Rees and Gary Smith becoming the new owners.
Consort Refrigeration & Air Conditioning has closed its business activities due to the economic downturn and the resulting poor sales.
Supplier A-Gas is urging customers to start returning their R22 cylinders to avoid shortages of cylinders next year.
Leading supermarkets have urged the UK rac industry to support them in their adoption of new technology and alternative refrigerants or risk being left behind.
The industry should be prepared for a crackdown on virgin R22, once it becomes illegal to use after December 31, speakers at the RAC09 show warned.
Any company handling refrigerants has only until July 4 to sign up with Refcom register, in order to comply with the F-Gas regulations. Refcom was recently approved by the government as the mandatory register of competent companies.
Makers of refrigeration compressors have been raided by investigators looking at anti-competitive practices.