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Consultation draft Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment) Regulations (N. Ireland) 2018

Consultation draft Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment) Regulations (N. Ireland) 2018

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is currently seeking your comments on proposed draft new law on fluorinated greenhouse gases (“F-gases”). These draft Regulations make updates to existing Regulations on F-gases, in line with EU requirements, and help to control Northern Ireland’s (NI)’s greenhouse gas emissions and help limit global warming. The consultation closes on 26th October 2018.

Who will the proposals be of greatest interest to?

F-gases are used in NI in the following sectors of business/industry:

  • refrigeration systems,
  • air conditioning (including motor vehicles),
  • heat pump equipment,
  • F-gas based solvents,
  • High-voltage switchgear,
  • Insulation foam,
  • Refrigerated lorries and trailers,
  • Aerosols,
  • Fire protection equipment,
  • Magnesium smelting/casting,
  • Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs) and
  • Chemical manufacturers and suppliers

Why are the proposals necessary?

F-gases, in the long term, have a very high Global Warming Potential (“GWP”), contributing to rising global temperatures. EU legislation therefore requires that the use of F-gases is restricted and monitored. Laws on F-gases have therefore been complied for NI (including on off-shore installations in NI waters), as F-gases are used in a number of sectors of industry in NI.

What will the new provisions on F-gases include?

  • extend existing provisions on F-gases to include new sector of businesses namely refrigerated trucks and trailers,
  • update to certification for work with F-gases in electrical switchgear,
  • new certification requirement for work with F-gases in stationary refrigeration and air conditioning, heat pumps and refrigeration units of trucks and trailers,
  • updates to legal requirements on placing labels on equipment containing F-gases,
  • new reasons acceptable for contesting an enforcement notice issued for alleged offences relating to F-gases,
  • a legal requirement for any business transferring work with F-gases to another business to ensure that adequate certification is in place for work with F-gases and
  • amendments to how certification and attestation bodies for qualifications for work with F-gases are listed in law.

Further Information

DAERA: NI Consultation draft Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2018 and draft Regulations

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