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Countdown for Refcom to register companies to F-gas scheme begins

Work will start in earnest to process applications, says chief executive Bruce Kirton

Refcom says it is ready and waiting to register UK businesses operating in the stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump (Srac) sector after its appointment as a mandatory F-gas company certification body.

Refcom said in a statement that it received approval from Defra earlier this week after finalising details of an agreement reached in principle in February this year. It was also announced that a similar agreement will soon be signed with the Department of the Environment for Srac businesses operating in Northern Ireland.

Its chief executive, Bruce Kirton is now urging businesses to contact the body and get either an interim or full company certificate to meet the looming 4 July deadline.

Company certification is a legal requirement under Sections 23 and 24 of the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (FGG) Regulations 2009, which became law in March 2009.

Mr Kirton said: “Now that Refcom has been appointed, we will work hard to process applications as quickly as possible. With the July 4 deadline being so close, businesses who haven’t yet contacted Refcom should visit our new website at www.refcom.org.uk. Compliance is required by law and customers and gas and equipment suppliers will expect businesses to be certificated.”

Refcom has set out the details of a business’s requirements - such as obtaining an interim or full company certificate with engineers holding relevant qualifications - and the charges that apply to certification:

  • Interim certification for the period to July 2011 will cost £70 for sole traders;
  • £90 for businesses with two to nine refrigeration engineers;
  • £150 for businesses with 10 to 49 engineers;
  • £350 for businesses employing 50 or more engineers;
  • A three-yearly, full certification fee for the above categories will be £140, £180, £365 and £800.