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F-Gas - the latest

Since its first appeared over five years ago, the F-Gas Regulation has been accompanied by a lot of talk about the banning of HFCs.

This scare tactic has had many of us trembling with fear - the banning of the 400 series refrigerants would be pretty catastrophic for the aircon and heat pump industries, since R410a is still very much the refrigerant of choice for VRV and VRF and no real alternatives are available at the moment.

So I read with some relief that the European Commission has decided that HFCs will not be banned at the F-Gas review, but instead will push for a general tightening of the existing leakage standards.

Can I be the first to thank the fine folk of Brussels for this, since he has saved us all a load of heartache for the next five years at least.

By contrast an MP from Eltham in South London called Clive Efford is currently on a mission to ban HFCs from supermarkets.

Apparently he has the support of 60 other equally badly-informed MPs so far. However on May 6th he is up for re-election and with a majority of just 3276 last time around he shouldn’t have a prayer of getting back.

Much as I hate the prospect of the Tories returning to start another reign of terror, this is one Labour seat I hope they lose. Refrigeration people of south London, your industry is depending on you.

By Graham Hendra

Graham Hendra is Consulting Technical Manager at Spaceair