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AREA pushes pre-charge ban at European Parliament hearing

AREA President Graeme Fox has spoken at a European Parliament hearing on the proposal for a revision to the F-Gas Regulation regarding the proposed ban on pre-charging

Mr Fox stated that under current situation there is no way of verifying that the installations were carried out by certified professional and no way of tracing where the gas has gone.

Article 2 of the EC303/2008 - F Gas regulation states that installation, leakage checking, recovery, maintenance and servicing must be carried out by personnel certified under Article 4/ Mr fox stated this was difficult to enforce.

The certification included training and awareness of environmental obligations and duties as well as ensuring technical competence with the technology. And while restriction on supply of containers of refrigerant is easy,AC & HP equipment comes pre-charged so non-certified people continue to install with high leakage as a result, said Mr Fox

The problems identified by AREA were:

  • Need to protect the existing supply chain
  • Need to restrict non qualified people from commissioning
  • Need to prevent leakage
  • Massive growth in applications
  • Internet sales totally unregulated

According to AREA, stopping supplying systems pre charged with refrigerants would:

  • Ensure installation by certified professionals
  • Decrease F-gas use thanks to charging the strictly necessary quantity of refrigerant
  • Be cost-neutral for users
  • Make controls on refrigerant use easier for authorities
  • Protect SMEs
  • Protect the integrity of the phase-down


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