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Company registration scheme prompts further debate

Recognition that Refcom has little more than three weeks to register companies has many raising concerns

Welcome news came through this week that Refcom has finally been granted the right to proceed as a mandatory body for the F-gas company registration scheme.

From 4th July 2009 it becomes a legal requirement for all businesses that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning or heat-pump (RAC) equipment that contains or is designed to contain F-gas refrigerants to hold a company certificate issued by an appointed company certification body.

Essentially, it will be an offence to carry out these activities without a company certificate.

Industry has been told to register companies for its benefit, a view with which many such as Scott Gleed, a director at an air conditioning business in Essex, concur.

In his blog, he maintains that ‘given the chance the F-gas regulations can work’, adding: “It must be remembered that F-gas can be part of a solution to manage climate change if the regulations are policed correctly.”

He is optimistic professional companies will apply; however, as Tim Mathias, a building services consultant, points out has the scheme gone far enough to recognise commercial considerations? And, what of the parties who have reportedly registered interest?