R22 Phase Out and F-Gas Regulations

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This document gives guidance on the phase-out of R22 and the effect of F-Gas regulations. The Ozone Regulation came into force in 2000 and it has already banned the use of ozone depleting HCFC refrigerants such as R22 in new systems. R22 remains a very common refrigerant in existing systems used by food and drink manufacturers. The Regulation will ban the use of R22 as a "top-up" fluid for maintenance between 2010 (for virgin fluid) and 2015 (for recycled fluid). This is of crucial importance for many companies and means that all users of R22 and other HCFC systems need to consider alternative refrigerants or the purchase of new equipment. The F-Gas Regulation is more recent, coming into force in July 2006. It relates to the use of HFC refrigerants such as R134a and R404A. It imposes various obligations on the operators of refrigeration plant using HFC refrigerants that apply from July 2007. This Guide provides detailed information about the impact of these two Regulations and is designed to help food and drink companies develop an appropriate action plan.

Author: Food and Drink Federation