Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
From 1 Jan 2020 it will affect both owners and the users of some commercial refrigeration units that contain F-gases. F-gases are commonly used as the coolant in fridges and freezers.
The first thing to do is to check your refrigeration equipment. It should have a label with information including the “Carbon dioxide equivalent”, or CO2e, of the f-gas refrigerants it contains.
It will also tell you the "Global Warming Potential" (GWP) of the F-gas your equipment uses.
If the F-gas has a GWP that is greater than 2,500
The CO2e is greater than 40 tonnes of CO2 , then the ban affects you.
If you can’t find the label then find out from your service engineer or the manufacturer.
If your refrigeration equipment is affected, then when it needs a top up of coolant your service engineer will only be able to use certain F-gases. F-gases which have the strongest global warming effect (> 2,500) are banned, unless they are recycled or reclaimed from other old equipment.
Your refrigeration equipment might already use F-gas that is below the threshold. If so then the fridges or freezers can be topped up as usual and nothing changes.
If your fridges or freezers contain an F-gas with a strong global warming effect, and you are affected, then you can:
You should however find out if your equipment is affected, and this will allow you to plan for the future.
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