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Refrigerant wholesalers identify barriers to F-Gas enforcement

The supplier to the wholesaler discussed in last month’s RAC F-Gas debate has spoken out in support of F-Gas enforcement, advocating the use of official checking of end-user F-Gas credentials at the point of purchase.

The company, National Refrigerants, supplies wholesaler City Electrical Factors, which has more than 400 branches nationwide and sells a full complement of refrigerants.

Paul Mottram of National Refrigerants said: “We advise all customers on the legal requirements of selling refrigerants, and in the case of CEF, refrigerant sales is part of a wider refrigeration consumables offer.

“However, I believe there should be enforcement introduced at the point of sale to stop any illegal activity. I have raised this before at a previous RAC roundtable event, but was told that it was too complicated by various parties.”

By contrast, another wholesaler agreed with comments made by Philip Sloper, managing director of wholesaler Thermofrost Cyro, who believed it was not the industry’s responsibility to police refrigerant sales.

Speaking anonymously the wholesaler said: “Thermofrost is spot on here. Having no central database means it’s impossible to police.

“As a wholesaler to the trade we make every effort not to sell to someone who does not know what they’re doing but it cannot be policed. Anyone thinking otherwise is living in a dream world.

“Legislation should come into this industry, but to police it with an F-Gas card would be a non-starter in the wholesale trade.

“Until there is a central database and it becomes illegal for an unqualified person to use gas, the problem will remain.”

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