Industrial sector significantly further mind commercial refrigeration in making switch to low-GWP
AREA has said that the coming steep quota reduction in HFC refrigerants should move forward as planned
The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has defended the pace of efforts by the UK cooling industry to move to lower GWP refrigerants during an investigation by parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee into HFC use.
Environmental Audit Committee will look at current effectiveness of F-Gas reduction efforts in the UK and consult on post-Brexit laws
The European Commission has closed an antitrust investigation over cooperation between Honeywell and DuPont to produce the refrigerant R1234yf for use in vehicles.
Wholesaler claims to be only wholesaler with national coverage of HFO alternative to R404A
The price of R404A is set to continue rising and availability will reduce further as refrigerant manufacturers manage the rapidly decreasing quota for HFCs.
Refrigerant manufacturer says transition to lower-GWP important
Users of R404A and other high-GWP refrigerant need to urgently step up plans for conversion to lower GWP options or face severe price rises and the prospect of shortages.
Refrigerant manufacturer says decision will help accelerate transition to lower-GWP gases
Schneider Electric Ltd has been fined £3,000 with £18,000 costs for failing to recover an F-Gas, released to atmosphere at Stanford-le-Hope, Essex in 2013
Instrument specialist says range of Smart Probes and dedicated App will enable quicker, economical alternative to infrared cameras and digital manifolds
The whole cooling supply chain needs to take more action more quickly if the industry is to head off a supply and demand crisis over the upcoming F-Gas phase downs.
The European trade body for vehicle AC sector says it is “gravely concerned” at the government’s apparent green light for top-ups of R134a by untrained personnel
A global HFC phase-down agreement is set to become a reality following historic negotiations by countries worldwide earlier this month in Dubai, which could see formal reduction strategy by the end of 2016.
The UK Government has announced that unqualified persons can now legally purchase F-gases for use in mobile air-conditioning systems (MAC), despite previously placing a ban on the activity.
EPEE hosted industry roundtable debates key issues concerning Europe’s energy sector including the energy label, heating & cooling, and F-gas.
Following their debut appearance at last week’s Cooling Awards, we bring you animated internet sensations Brock and Ollie in full
Experts warn: ‘the slower people move out of R404A the more it will cost’
A white paper by reclamation specialist EOS Climate has found that if 30% of HFC refrigerants reclaimed for re-use by 2040, approx 18bn tonnes of CO2 would be prevented from reaching the atmosphere over next 25 years
The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) co-hosts event with the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA) during China Refrigeration in Shanghai.
Government response to consultation on F-Gas enforcement is effectively ‘business as usual’ but Defra does commit to considering database issue in more depth
A ‘light-touch’ approach towards F-Gas enforcement looks set to continue despite calls from industry figures to set up a national database to encourage compliance.
The consultation on how the new F-Gas regulations should be implemented finishes today, January 20, giving cooling firms less than a week to offer its input on how the regulations should be policed and inspected.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has released a guide to the requirements of the updated F-Gas regulation, including the phasing down of HFCs and product bans.
A comprehensive guidance for related to the new EU F-Gas regulation, produced by Gluckman Consulting and Jacobs on behalf of Defra, is now online and available to view.
Industry concern over 'easy install' air conditioning units as new F-Gas Regulation comes into effect in January
Industry sources have raised concern over so-called ‘Easy install air conditioning units containing HFCs, which are being marketed at non-refrigeration engineers, despite F-Gas concerns.
As the deadline looms, doubts regarding full R22 compliance and the ability to police the ban effectively have been raised.
Government issues consultation document giving industry until January 20 to respond to questions over implementation. Consultation reveals that Environment Agency has just two staff for enforcement activity.
European contractors’ association AREA has updated its Guidance on minimum requirements for contractors’ training & certification on low GWP Refrigerants.
European contractor’s association AREA has launched its guide on the new F-Gas regulation, aimed at clarifying the forthcoming changes for engineers who work in the refrigeration, AC and heat pump sectors
Speakers at RAC’s F-Gas Question Time warn that for cooling industry ‘it can no longer be business as usual’
RAC’s forthcoming F-Gas Question Time event, in association with Daikin UK, is set to cover a whole range of issues on the revised regulation, including refrigerant selection – don’t miss out, sign up now!
With the new F-Gas regulations now definitely coming into force in January, the industry has been warned that some of the regulation details could catch many in the industry by surprise, unless they take ‘immediate steps’ to plan accordingly
The European Council has announced it has adopted the proposed revisions to the F-Gas regulation, which will see a reduction in HFC emissions by two-thirds by 2030
The European Commission has referred Poland to the EU Court of Justice for failing to notify the Commission regarding F-Gas penalties
The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has welcomed the adoption of the F Gas regulation by the European Union, which it claims will help focus investment.
Mike Nankivell, chairman of the ACRIB F-Gas implementation group, has called for caution following the recent the vote by the plenary session of the European Parliament to approve the new F-Gas regulations.
The new F-Gas regulations, “one of the most ambitious pieces of legislation that the EU has developed in recent years”, have been adopted with an overwhelming majority by the Plenary session of the European Parliament.
European Parliament’s environment committee passes proposals by ‘large majority’, en route to becoming European law
Despite fears of unachievable targets and costly changes, the industry has broadly welcomed the long-awaited revisions to the F Gas Regulation
Defra releases progress report on F-Gas from UK point of view and announces intention to meet industry in March or April
Lithuanian presidency expresses satisfaction at achieving a deal before end of year
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
EIA calls news of bans and phasedown ‘the beginning of the end for HFCs in Europe’
The negotiations in Brussels have concluded on the fourth round, so new Regulations are now expected by next summer and application by as soon as 2015, subject to approvals.
A group of Democrats has written to the US environment agency the EPA urging it to start its own phase-down of HFCs rather than wait for a global decision via the Montreal Protocol
The European Flourocarbons Technical Committee has called on the European Council and Parliament to conclude the first reading agreement for F-Gas Regulation to avoid confusion in the market.
MEPs and member state negotiators appear unlikely to reach a deal at a final round of negotiations this week on a timetable for phasing out HFCs, however further delays could mean a wait of up to two years for decision.
Climate Center urging customers not to wait for the impending review of F-Gas regulations to review refrigerant options.