Changes to F-Gas regulations came into effect in January 2015.
But how do these changes affect our customers in the food industry?
Do you know the new threshold limits? Or how often your equipment has to be checked?
Here at ACE Refrigeration, we can always help you stay compliant with F-Gas regulations, either as part of our service and maintenance contracts, or by installing fixed leak detection units to your refrigeration plant.
Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) gases are a family of chemicals that contain fluorine. Most F-gases are very powerful greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming if emitted to the atmosphere. HFCs (Hydrofluorocarbons) used in air conditioning systems are common F gases found in air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
The central element of these revised regulations is part of the phase down of HFC Refrigerants with a global warming potential (GWP) greater than 2500.
The previous classification confirming leak detection quantity per year based on refrigerant charge thresholds has now been replaced by a system based on carbon emissions per year.
All systems with a CO2 equivalent greater than 500 tonnes must have a fixed leak detection system installed, and for any system with fixed leak detection installed, the quantity of leak tests required is reduced by 50%.
* Leak check frequency is halved if automatic leak detection system is installed
** The threshold for annual leak checks of hermetically sealed equipment is 10 tonnes CO 2
In February 2015, we installed Leak Detection modules to plant across RK Drysdales site in the Scottish Borders. One of our existing customers, Drysdales is one of the UK’s top vegetable suppliers; providing British supermarkets with more than 14,000 tonnes of fresh Scottish vegetables all year round.
A 15% loss of refrigerant can equate to a 50% drop in operating efficiency. F-Gas leak checks and the legal requirement for leaks and any consequent repairs to be recorded in a maintenance log will help serve to reduce such efficiency losses.
If you are concerned about whether or not you are meeting these new regulations, or you want to speak to us regarding Leak Detection Modules, then call 0141 556 7691 or email email@example.com today!