F-GAS and Leakage tests

New F-gas Regulation from 2015

The original F-gas Regulation, adopted in 2006, is being replaced by a new Regulation adopted in 2014 which applies from 1 January 2015. This strengthens the existing measures and introduces a number of far-reaching changes by:

  • Limiting the total amount of the most important F-gases that can be sold in the EU from 2015 onwards and phasing them down in steps to one-fifth of 2014 sales in 2030. This will be the main driver of the move towards more climate-friendly technologies;
  • Banning the use of F-gases in many new types of equipment where less harmful alternatives are widely available, such as fridges in homes or supermarkets, air conditioning and foams and aerosols;
  • Preventing emissions of F-gases from existing equipment by requiring checks, proper servicing and recovery of the gases at the end of the equipment's life.

These measures will build on and benefit from the successful phase-out of ozone-depleting substances which was achieved in the EU 10 years ahead of the internationally agreed schedule.

Thanks to the new F-gas Regulation, the EU’s F-gas emissions will be cut by two-thirds by 2030 compared with 2014 levels. Though ambitious, this reduction is achievable at relatively low cost because climate friendly alternatives are readily available for many of the products and equipment in which F-gases are commonly used today.

While the new Regulation repeals the original Regulation from 2006, the 10 implementing Regulations adopted under the original Regulation remain in force and continue to apply until new acts are adopted.

The Commission has prepared guidance documents outlining the new obligations for users and technicians of refrigeration, air conditioning and heatpumps as well as an FAQ document for companies reporting on F-gases under the new regulation (EU No 517/2014).

As the thresholds for obligations in the new Regulation are given in CO2 equivalents, a calculation tool is being made available to translate tonnes CO2 equivalents into metric tonnes.

The tests which provide more security.

In order to guarantee the proper function of chillers and to prevent machine downtime effectively, we can carry out professional leak tests on your systems in compliance with statutory requirements.

Our service technicians are certified for this work according to category 1 article (EG) No. 842/2008, (EG) No. 303/2008 §5 of the chemicals climate protection directive.

Services:

  • Check cooling systems for tightness and possible damage due to vibrations, corrosion or ageing fatigue by qualified staff. Documentation in respect of relevant regulations.
  • Frequency of leakage test is done taking legal regulations into account

Benefits:

  • Preventing machine downtime due to loss of refrigerant.
  • Compliance with legal requirements.
  • Can be combined with device maintenance.
  • Secured availability of equipment.

Leakage test frequency

Gas quantity Minimum Frequency Minimum Frequency if leak detector fitted
Systems with GWP<5 tonnes of CO2 not required not required
System with GWP=> 5 and <50 tonnes CO2 Once every 12 months Once every 24 months
System with GWP=> 50 and <500 tonnes CO2 Twice every 12 months Once every 24 months
System with GWP=> 500 tonnes CO2 Four Times every 12 months Twice every 24 months

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