F-GASE REGULATION

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What is the F-GAS regulation?

The F-gases Regulation is an EU regulation for the control of installations containing certain greenhouse promoting fluorocarbons (HFCs). The new F-gas Regulation came into force on 9 June 2014 and has been in force since 1 January 2015. The ordinance stipulates that systems such as air conditioning systems, refrigerators and fire extinguishers must be tested for leaks at regular intervals using certain gases and that this must be recorded. In the new F-gas Ordinance, refrigeration filling quantities are not weighted in kilograms but to their global warming potential (GWP).
Die Bestimmungen im Einzelnen:

Bis 31.12.2016

Installations containing less than 3 kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases or hermetically sealed equipment containing less than 6 kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases shall not be leak tested.

Ab 1.1.2017

All systems with a CO2 equivalent of more than 5 tons and less than 50 tons must be checked for leaks once every 12 months (obligation of the operator).

Ab 1.1.2020

The use of refrigerants with a GWP greater than 2500 in installations with cryogenic temperatures greater than -50 °C is prohibited. These refrigerants may still be used in systems with a minimum temperature of less than -50 °C. The use of refrigerants with a GWP greater than 2500 in systems with a minimum temperature of less than -50 °C is prohibited.

Gültigkeit
The F-Gas regulation is valid in all countries of the European Union. All equipment sold in this region must comply with the applicable regulations.

Ziel der F-Gas Verordnung
The Regulation aims to limit the global temperature increase to 2 °C in order to avoid undesirable climate impacts. CO2 emissions from industry are to be reduced by up to 73% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. To achieve the target, the estimated CO2 equivalent must be reduced from 104 million tonnes in 2030 to about 35 million tonnes.

FAQ for F-Gas Regulation

When is a leak test necessary?
For systems using a refrigerant with a CO2 equivalent between 5 tons and 50 tons, a leak test must be carried out every 12 months. This is the duty of the plant operator.

Which products fall under the F-gas Regulation?
The F-gas Ordinance covers all refrigeration appliances that use a refrigerant that has a GWP > 2500.

What does GWP mean?
The global warming potential (GWP) of a chemical compound is a measure of the relative effect of its contribution to the greenhouse effect.

What does CO2 equivalent mean?
The CO2 equivalent is the product of the GWP of the refrigerant multiplied with the charge quantity in the respective system.

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