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Getting our heads around all these environmental demands

Keeping on top of this environmental business is pretty hard work isn’t it?

From ODS to F-Gas to hazardous waste to Building Regs to carbon reduction, it is a fact of life in the rac industry, that environmental considerations now have to be applied to most aspects of the job.

Top of the agenda at the moment surely should be complying with F-Gas regulations. You probably don’t need me to remind you that if you don’t have both appropriate full company certification and F-Gas qualified engineers by July 4, you will be trading illegally.

But then, to judge by the reports from the regulators that we have been featuring in the magazine, showing both misunderstanding and wilful disregard of the requirements, maybe you can never tell people enough. If the experience of the construction industry when CSCS cards became compulsory is anything to go by, the sight of individuals and sometimes whole firms being turfed off site for noncompliance in the early weeks serves as an even sharper reminder.

That meeting environmental responsibilities is a complex business is borne out by the current debate raging over future refrigerant policy, whether naturals, HFCs or new blends. Opposite you will see the EIA’s response to our coverage of Asda’s own environmental stance last month. The EIA believes that the industry has to move away from chemical options altogether – and fast. I think it is important to hear their arguments, even if we disagree, often fundamentally. BRA president Bob Arthur challenged the industry recently at the FETA lunch, to work with lobby groups such as EIA, so as to show the progress the industry is making. I would be interested to know what you think.

Of course a great way to demonstrate what progress we are making environmentally is to showcase the best products, projects, people and companies, which both provides a benchmark and an incentive to others.  That’s a thinly veiled link into saying there is still time to enter the Cooling Awards. Entry is free, the process is simple, but the deadline is approaching quicker than an escape of CO2 refrigerant.

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