F-Gas

Polar Fridge can offer your F-gas regulation; this is a service that is required by law on all refrigerated equipment including Air Conditioning.

Below are the regulations that all companies are obliged to adhere to.

  • The principal objective of the EC Regulation is to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of F gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol, so as to help combat climate change.
  • There are obligations in the F gas Regulation (EC Regulation 842/2006) and the Ozone Regulation (EC Regulation 2037/2000) that affect many industry sectors. In some cases the obligations lie with the owner / operator of the equipment. In other situations the obligations lie with third parties, such as equipment suppliers, maintenance contractors and waste handling companies.
  • The following is a summary of uses and sectors affected. More details of the various obligations and a full listing of affected sectors can be found in a series of Sector Information Sheets available on the F- Gas Support website.
  • Stationary Refrigeration and Air-conditioning – Users of these systems have numerous obligations to prevent leakage of F gas refrigerants, especially for any equipment containing 3 kg or more of refrigerant. RAC systems using hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) refrigerants such as R22 need to address a ban on the use of this refrigerant which comes into force in 2010 for virgin refrigerant and in 2015 for recycled fluid.
  • There are also many obligations that apply to RAC system suppliers and maintenance contractors, especially related to the use of appropriately qualified personnel and certification of companies.
  • Fire Protection – users of fire protection systems have many similar obligations related to leakage prevention and use of qualified personnel.
  • Mobile Air-Conditioning, Solvent Cleaning & Switchgear containing sulphur hexafluoride the obligations for these sectors are more limited in scope mainly relating to proper recovery of gas during maintenance and at end of life.
  • Bans – A number of sectors are affected by bans on F gas usage, these include novelty aerosols, one component foam, magnesium die casting and non-refillable containers.
  • Other sectors – Some sectors such as electronics manufacture, foam blowing and aluminium smelting have no specific obligations under the Regulations, but all users should be aware that emissions of F gases are very harmful to the environment and should be making all practical and economically feasible efforts to reduce emissions

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