From EPBD Compliance
Fluorinated greenhouse gases are among the Kyoto Protocol groups of gases for which the EU has committed itself to reduce emissions. The Regulation requires leakage checks to be carried out, repairs to be completed, gases to be recovered so that they do not escape to the atmosphere, certified personnel and companies to be used, labels to be used on some equipment, information to be reported to the Commission, and bans some F gas products. The Regulation also provides a timetable for the checking of leakage of these stationary applications.
EECO2 can supply F-gas inspections in tandem with the AC Inspection as they are both compulsory under the EPBD legislation.
The refrigerant R22 is one of many currently in use in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment which is classified as an Ozone Depleting Substance (also known as an HCFC refrigerant), and which comes under the EU ODS Regulations. These regulations were recently revised and additional obligations have been placed on owners regarding leak checking, record keeping and labelling In addition the Commission has provided some definitions related to the recovery and reuse of ODS refrigerants in stationary rac and heat pump equipment.
The phase out dates remain unchanged:
from 1st January 2010 it is illegal to use virgin HCFCs to service RAC equipment. This ban applies even if HCFC was purchased before the ban date. It is illegal to stockpile and use any supplies of virgin HCFCs after the end of 2009. from 1st January 2015 it will be illegal to use recycled or reclaimed HCFCs to service RAC equipment.