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Change of F-Gas Regulation will require leak checking of 425,000 new refrigeration systems

Defra consultation reveals high number of systems will come into scope for first time due to changes in F-Gas rules

Defra’s consultation on the new F-Gas regulations has revealed that nearly half a million new systems will require a change in their leak checking regimes. The public consultation, primarily focusing on the policing of the regs in the UK, outlines in its Impact Statement that ‘the new EU Regulation is expected to lead to an extra 350,000 small systems requiring mandatory leak checking, 15,000 large systems requiring automatic leak detection and 60,000 refrigerated trucks and trailers being included in the leak checking regime.’

The additional volume looks set to offer potential new work for cooling contractors, particularly given the inclusion of the transport refrigeraion sector in the leak checking and recording regime for the first time. However, the addition of the 350,000 smaller systems is likely to require a major education process among end users who currently don’t have the leak checking obligation.

The consultation is open for responses until January 20 (see file), and stakeholders throughout the supply chain are urged to respond, particulary with respect to the requirements for policing.

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