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F-Gas rules ‘could catch cooling industry by surprise’

With the new F-Gas regulations now definitely coming into force in January, the industry has been warned that some of the regulation details could catch many in the industry by surprise, unless they take ‘immediate steps’ to plan accordingly

Enviros technical director Ray Gluckman, who has worked closely with policy makers around the F-Gas regulation, has warned that the timing of the phase-down could lull companies into a false sense of security.

While the initial HFC reduction target is a relatively low 7 per cent by 2017, the following year’s cut the following year will be a much more significant 37 per cent, as the EU moves towards an overall reduction of 79 per cent by 2020

Mr Gluckman warned: “People need to make themselves aware of the dates immediately so they can get planning. Some of the headline dates, such as 2022, are mainly for supermarkets. However there’s a fear that people are going to carry on as normal, when lots of progress has to be achieved by 2018.”

However, the issue around thresholds for leak detection and inspection will potentially have the biggest impact, he warned, with in many cases a lower threshold for compliance, forcing many previously unaffected businesses to conduct leak checks.

More details in the May issue of RAC Magazine, out on Wednesday.

Ray Gluckman will also be speaking about this at RAC’s F-Gas Question Time on May 21 at RICS in London. This free morning event will aim to get to grips with the hot topics arising from the regulations, from thresholds to flammability issues. Panellists include Mike Nankivell, giving an ACRIB viewpoint; Graeme Wright of Daikin UK on R32; and Paul Alway of M&S providing an end-user perspective.

CLICK HERE for Registration details for Question Time

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