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Refrigerant users failing to heed warnings on virgin R22

Latest British Refrigeration Association survey shows rate of reclamation of R22 has not increased to meet future demand

Refrigerant users are failing to recognise warnings that virgin R22 will be in short supply come the end of 2009, says the British Refrigeration Association.

The association paints a stark picture for industry end-users and says current reclamation levels of around 10 per cent of demand will leave most R22 users short of product in 2010, “especially as much of the reclaim already in stock is spoken for by several large concerns.”

The survey, which covers the whole hvacr sector, collected information on the levels of R22 being recovered and then either sent for destruction or reclaimed back to a specification suitable for reuse.

The BRA’s survey - compiled from data submitted by all of the major refrigerant distributors - showed the following results:

  • The quantity of virgin R22 sold in 2008 was close to that in the previous year and at odds with the 25 per cent reduction predicted in the last survey, based on users switching to alternatives.
  • R22 reclaimed in 2008 was just over 200 tonnes and similar to the volume in 2007.

“There is no evidence that the rate of reclamation is increasing,” the release added.

The BRA has published a Fact Finder that gives the various options available to reduce the dependence of industry on R22 and other HCFCs.

The BRA Market Survey 2008 contains data on sales volume and value of equipment and components sold into the refrigeration industry.

The survey is available at special rates to members of the BRA and to contributing non-members, and is now also available to external bodies on payment of a fee.