F-gas Regulation

The European Union's "F-gas" Regulation No. 842/2006 is now applied with effect on July 4, 2007 in the 27 European Member States. This Regulation aims at minimizing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases, including HFCs. -For stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump units over 3 kg charge (6 kg if hermetic), operators must: .prevent leakage, and repair any leaks as soon as possible; .arrange proper refrigerant recovery by certified personnel during servicing and disposal .carry out regular leak checks (e.g. at least once every three months for applications with 300 kg or more of F-gases) by certified competent staff; .maintain records of refrigerants and of servicing. -For non-stationary equipment (e.g. mobile units on trucks) and any other products containing F-gases, operators must ensure that appropriately qualified personnel are used to recover gases, as long as this is feasible and not excessively expensive. More: www.ior.org.uk/ior_newsdetail.php?r=ELE7TLXM Full text: www.iifiir.org/en/regulations.php?rub=2