It is a legal requirement for organisations operating HVAC and Refrigeration Systems to comply with the 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014). The F-Gas Regulation creates controls on the use and emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gases) including HFCs, PFCs and SF6. The 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation replaces the 2006 Regulation, introducing a number of important new measures. The 2014 Regulation makes use of various thresholds, using “CO2 equivalent”. This regulation came into force January 2015.
The new F-Gas regulation is no longer based on the quantity of refrigerant in a system (kg), it is now determined by the Global Warming Potential (GWP) in tonnes of CO2.
If a refrigerant system GWP equates to 5 tonnes of CO2 or more, then an annual leak test must be undertaken, 50 tonnes or more 6 monthly leak test applies. On 500 tonnes automatic leak detection systems must be installed.
The regulation also enforces;
- Mandatory leak checks
- Automatic leak detection systems
- Record keeping
- The refrigeration equipment Service Ban (2014 Regulation only)
From 2017 all existing and new equipment must be labelled to show the amount of refrigerant in a system expressed in kg and in CO2 equivalent.
At Dynac we can carry out full inspections and reports on your HVAC and Refrigeration Systems using our own F-Gas certified Engineers. We will check your F-Gas registers and ensure all of the information is correctly documented and where necessary bring this up to date. Should a register not exist then we will provide one as part of the inspection. In addition we will label all systems with the amount of F-Gas and type contained within them.
For more information on this service and a quotation please contact us.