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Manufacturers call on MEPs to ditch pre-charged AC ban

Bodies representing cooling and heat pump manufacturers have both called for MEPs debating the F-Gas Review tomorrow to drop the proposed ban on pre-charged air conditioners

Manufacturer group EPEE said it believes the implementation of the ban on precharged equipment would be ‘costly and inefficient,’ potentially adding as much as €500 million a year to industry costs. The group says refrigreant will effectively have to be installed twice, because suppliers will have to remove refrigerant after testing, only for it to be reinstalled on site.

The call to drop the pre-charge ban is supported by the European Heat Pump Association, which believes the F-gas regulations could disadvantage the technology against fossil fuel alternatives, by adding cost and bureaucracy.

Epee also contends that the ban would lead to loopholes being exploited, such as hermetically sealed units being exported from outside Europe, where they could be filled with cheaper refrigerants.

Instead it proposes including pre-charged imported equipment in the phase-down schedule, while retaining a ban on equipment intended for DIY stores, to reduce the risk of installation by unqualified installers.

Full Epee proposals in attached document.

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