F-Gas Requirement & CFC Recovery

The F Gas Regulation (842/2006)

EC Regulation aims to reduce emissions of HFCs, CFCs and SF6. The key obligations in this Regulation was applied from July 2007. In Great Britain the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2008 (Statutory Instrument No41) applied from 15th February 2008. This Statutory Instrument prescribes offences and penalties applicable to infringements of the EC F gas Regulation and lays out the current qualifications and certification requirements.

Who is responsible for compliance?

The EC F Gas Regulation defines the operator as follows:

Operator means the Natural or Legal person exercising actual power over the technical functioning of the equipment and systems covered by this regulation

The EC F Gas regulation usually places the responsibility with the owner, even if there is a comprehensive maintenance contract in place.

The actual obligations depend on the amount of refrigerant in each separate system. Two plants are considered to be separate if there is no interconnection between their refrigerant circuits.

Obligations for the operator and Temp Air Solutions Ltd.

Once yearly refrigerant leakage check is required for all systems containing 3kg – 6kg of refrigerant. This is the responsibility of the operator. Systems containing 300kg or more must have a fixed automatic leak detection system installed this is the responsibility of the operator. Records of the refrigerant plant containing more than 3kg of refrigerant are the responsibility of Temp Air Solutions Ltd.

Recovery of CFC's F Gas compliance.

Recovery of F gases during Servicing and Maintenance and end of plant life, is the operator's responsibility. However, the work must be carried out by competent and trained engineers of whom hold a refrigerant handling certificate. This is the responsibility of Temp Air Solutions Ltd.

Newly Installed equipment must be labeled appropriately with the refrigerant type and quantity. This is the responsibility of the operator.

The above obligations also have a direct effect on the length of time it may take to carry out regular checks on refrigerant quantities. To test the refrigerant charge the refrigerant has to be de-canted into suitable re-claim cylinders then weighed to ensure the correct amount is intact. If found to be short of refrigerant, a full leak test and investigation will ensue. The leak must be repaired before additional refrigerant can be added to the system. This is the responsibility of the operator.

If you require further information visit the government DEFRA website and download F Gas regulation.

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