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Imminent F-Gas service bans to be focus of RAC Question Time

Registration underway for free event taking place in London on 9 October that will bring together experts from across the supply chain to outline major changes for EU policy

October’s RAC Magazine F-Gas Question Time will focus on major upcoming changes to the flagship EU environmental legislation, such as the introduction of its first service bans in January 2020.

The free-to-attend event is taking place on 9 October at London’s Bloomsbury Hotel and will bring together a host of experts to discuss current efforts to move towards adopting lower-GWP refrigerants. This will also consider a range of available options for contractors and end-users to transform their cooling systems in line with further changes under the F-Gas regulation.

Ensuring industry is sufficiently prepared for additional quota reductions under F-Gas will be vital to future proof industry for the shift towards lower GWP products. This is even more pressing with just three months until a first set of F-Gas bans are introduced through the legislation. These initial bans concern the servicing of, and introduction of new equipment that uses R404A refrigerant and other higher GWP products. 

These commitments are intended to remain in place within the UK market even after Brexit, which is scheduled to go ahead on 31 October depending on current debates in parliament. 

The event will also look at challenges in ensuring compliance with F-Gas standards, particularly with growing concern about the scale of black market and counterfeit refrigerant trade across the EU.

Other key discussions points will include looking at comparisons of the different technical options within commercial refrigeration between low GWP HFO blends and CO2 and hydrocarbon systems. Experts will look at how these different options might be used to realise better life cycle costs and carbon emission performance for clients with a more limited capital expenditure.

Our panel for this year’s event includes consultant Ray Gluckman and head of Refcom Graeme Fox - two of the foremost experts on F-Gas policy and its implications at an EU and UK level.

Asda’s Brian Churchyard, consultant Nabil Cook from Wave and refrigerant experts such as Chemour’s Mark Hughes will also be speaking alongside the policy experts.

Those interested in attending the free event, which concludes with a complimentary buffet lunch and networking, can register by emailing Billy.Ward’@’emap.com.


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