Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Air-conditioning systems in cars and vans contain fluorinated gases (F-gases). These gases are powerful greenhouse gases and may escape during the vehicle's lifetime, servicing and at the end of the vehicle's life. F-gases are more likely to leak accidentally from older vehicles.
F-gases must be recovered from vehicle air-conditioning systems during servicing and dismantling. This must only be done by a suitably qualified person.
To service, repair or dismantle vehicle air-conditioning equipment you must hold a relevant qualification in refrigerant recovery and handling from one of these organisations:
You may also hold:
Cars and vans produced before 1995 may also contain gases that are ozone depleting substances (ODS). You must ensure you comply with the ODS Regulations, and use a suitably qualified person to properly recover any hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants.
If the vehicle's air-conditioning system contains a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) such as R12, then you should not carry out any maintenance work that involves breaking into the refrigerant circuit.
You should use a specialist business to dispose of equipment containing CFCs and comply with the duty of care for waste.
F-gas Support has published a number of information sheets covering fluorinated gases and air-conditioning for vehicles.
For further information about end-of-life vehicles see the NetRegs guidance.
Vehicle air-conditioning systems
SEPA Special Waste Consignment Notes – updated position, The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is now accepting special waste consignment notes (SWCNs) by email only.
DAERA Waste Policy Tracker, The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published a Waste policy tracker to stay informed of waste policy developments.
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