22 Jun Everything you need to know about F gas regulations
Everything facilities managers need to know about F gases in refrigeration and air conditioning
Facilities managers responsible for refrigeration systems should be aware of the upcoming deadlines concerning F gases:
- All HFCs with a GWP (Global Warming Potential) over 2,500 will be banned in all refrigeration systems from 2020
- All F gases with GWP over 150 will be banned as refrigeration agent in any hermetically sealed system from 2022
Ninety per cent of F gas use occurs in refrigeration and air conditioning.
As of 2017, all equipment or systems containing F gas should be labelled as such, detailing which F gas it contains, as well as the mass in kilograms, the CO2 equivalent in mass and the GWP rating of the gas.
The following systems may contain HFCs that are above GWPs over 2,500:
- Refrigeration systems containing HFC404A and HFC134A
- Air conditioning and heat pump systems containing HFC 404A and HFC 410A
- Fire protection systems containing HFC 23 and HFC 227ea
If you are unsure if your systems are utilising an F gas, the government requires that you utilise an F gas-trained HVAC technician, who can help identify and advise on options for replacing F gases.
Dealing with the F gas ban
Even if you have received an exemption from the service and maintenance ban (which applies to system size and process temperature, among other factors) it will still be important for you to consider making the switch away from F gases sooner than later.
The EU and the UK have committed to reducing the availability of HFCs, meaning that even with the impending Brexit, you will likely face shortages, which could come into effect potentially soon. And with upcoming shortages will come price increases, so it will be beneficial for your organisation to stay ahead of the curve on this legislation.
Also, becoming an early adopter of more eco-friendly could be a selling point for your company, as it demonstrates a commitment to sustainability. CSR efforts, especiallly by big environmental contributors, can be seen as a huge positive for those who anticipate change.
Whether or not you choose to replace F gas systems, you’ll need to be sure to adhere to minimum requirements for leak checks, which are required either every one year, six months or three months depending on the amount of kg of gases in use.
Contact Eco Facilities Solutions if you require F gas testing or need to upgrade to modern equipment and we will ensure you comply with current and future legislation.
Refer to the government’s guidance for more details on F gas regulations.