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Industry calls for F-Gas changes

The RAC industry has called for policymakers in the UK and Brussels to bring in wholesale changes in the F-Gas Regulation as it redoubles efforts to reduce leakage.

Official position papers from industry umbrella body ACRIB and contractors body AREA submitted for the official EC Review of the Regulation have included a range of radical proposals, designed to avoid the spectre of “wholesale noncompliance” with the law.

ACRIB recommendations

  • Make Environment Agency the enforcing body and extendscope of inspections to industries beyond supermarkets
  • Mandatory national register of eligible engineers and companies which is publicly searchable. F-Gas ID cards for engineers
  • High-profile government campaign to increase awareness of company and individual responsibilities
  • All systems with refrigerantcharge of 100 g or more to come within scope of F-Gas
  • Move onus on to wholesalers and retailers to restrict supply to those properly registered and competent
  • Mandatory lodgement of F-Gas records or publicly available sampling
  • Enable certification bodies to have the power to perform random audits of companies on their registers
  • Replace factory pre-charge of refrigerant with pre-charge of Oxygen Free Nitrogen
  • Clarification of handling requirements for pre-charged heat pumps, including at end-of-life
  • Ensure DIY equipment is brought within the scope of the Regulation
  • Ban car top-up aerosols and pipe-freezing sprays Provide government support for training in alternatives to F-gases as the infrastructure becomes available

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