F-Gas Updates 2015

F-Gas Updates

January 2015
A new set of rules and regulations came into action as of January 2015 for F-Gas. These rules have replaced the requirements covering fluorinated gasses (F-Gas).

The new regulation (EU) 517/2014 revokes and replaces the existing F-Gas regulation (EC) 842/2006 with the main change amending the thresholds for maintenance frequency.

This could result in some equipment no longer requiring maintenance under certain circumstances, while others could require more attention. The regulation will see bans or restrictions of the use of F-Gasses in some refrigeration equipment, air conditioners, insulating forms etc. While there will be changes to conditions on marketing products and equipment containing or relying on F-gasses.

Previously
The criteria was based on the charge (in Kg) of F-Gas in an item of equipment, however going forward this will be based on the Global Warming Potential (GWP) CO2 weight equivalent of gasses.

Future Phase Downs
Other changes and phase downs will include availability on the market of hydro fluorocarbons, future restrictions on the servicing and maintenance of equipment using HFCs and the new rules regarding the containment, use, recovery and destruction of HFCs.

What Next?

  • The gas contents should be identified, and where it is confirmed as an ‘R’ code refrigerant, the actual chemical component needs to be noted (bear in mind that the gas could be a blended gas).
  • Then, having identified all the gasses, consult Annex 1 and 2 of the regulation calculations necessary to determine the GWP of the gas.