Tag : F-Gas
Refcom has said a focus on ensuring compliance across the UK with F-Gas regulations, as well as the potential implications on the cooling industry from ongoing uncertainty around Brexit were among key topics of recent discussions with government.
The European Commission is in the process of ensuring regulators have more teeth to tackle a black-market refrigerant trade that industry argues is undermining efforts to curb use of higher GWP refrigerant.
Refcom has published new Brexit guidance for the UK cooling industry outlining how F-Gas regulations are expected to apply to their operations upon the country’s scheduled exit from the EU in late March.
Quotas introduced as part of the EU’s F-Gas regulation will remain in place regardless of the final direction of Brexit, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said in a policy update.
Global agreement could not be reached in responding to the conclusions of a landmark climate change report during the ongoing 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Poland.
Enforcement is just one of the pressing challenges facing efforts by the EU cooling industry in trying to phase-out use of higher GWP refrigerant. The claims have been made amidst fears that the unknown scope of illegal trade for such gasses could derail any progress made by industry under the F-Gas regulation.
Illegal and counterfeit refrigerants and the need for fresh efforts to tackle their trade across Europe was a significant concern among attendees at the Chillventa exhibition in October.
A new survey of members of the European contractors’ association AREA has revealed that a majority of respondents are aware of the illegal trade of refrigerant that infringes regulations intended to curb use of higher GWP products.
The UK government has said it will step up preparations to ensure a statutory body that can enforce environmental law in place of EU judicial institutions can be introduced “as soon as is practically achievable”.
RAC Magazine will be hosting a free webinar later this month in connection with Chemours that will consider how industry can brace itself for a ban on R404A and other high GWP products that is just 14 months away.