EIA calls for UK bans on HFCs
in small splits.
Jul 12, 201
By ACI Reports | Category:
F GAS R22
Environmental group the EIA has called on the UK to move
ahead of the European F-gas regulations and bring forward
bans for certain HFCs in new equipment.
In light of
last month’s UK government announcement to become the first
major economy to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050, the
EIA comments: “Reducing emissions from refrigeration and air
conditioning further, and faster than the EU’s F-gas
regulation requires, is a critical and viable policy for the
reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” it says. Reporting
through TM44 Inspections is of course part of the
legislation process, alongside F Gas Regulations.
The environmental group also proposes a ban on all HFCs in
new air conditioning units containing less than 3kg and a
re-evaluation of the UK government’s renewable heat
The EIA’s comments follow this week’s
criticism of the UK government by the Committee on Climate
Change for failing to publish a plan to restrict the use of
F-gases to uses where there are currently no viable
Claiming that the UK has an opportunity
to move ahead of the F-gas regulations, the EIA calls for
the sectoral bans to be moved forward, “especially for
commercial refrigeration where myriad alternatives exist and
have been widely rolled out in the UK”.
forward the 2022 bans on HFCs in new commercial
refrigeration would have a huge impact on the overall
emissions from supermarkets,” it says.
The EIA also
calls for the ban on HFCs with GWP of 750 or more in new air
conditioning units containing less than 3kg to be brought
forward from the current proposed date of 2025 and extended
to all HFCs to “avoid locking in climate-damaging
equipment”. ACI Reports are often asked to produce asset
registers of existing equipment.
Heat pumps and the renewable heat incentive are also
targeted. “The UK must re-evaluate the renewable heat
incentive to ensure it is not subsidising the uptake of heat
pumps using HFCs and to ensure it incentivises only the
adoption of technologies using low GWP alternatives, in line
with the F-gas regulation.
alternatives are available for most types of heat pumps and
greatly improve the already green credentials of this
heating source,” the EIA insists.
“If the UK wants to be
a green leader, it must follow through on its net-zero
ambition with concrete plans to drastically reduce emissions
in the near-term. Fast action on eliminating the powerful
greenhouse gases used in the cooling sector would set the UK
on the right path,” said EIA climate campaigner Sophie
TM44 Regulations continue to be a major
structural part of the Legislation, data gathered on
existing equipment can be considered by users and government
officials alike. The UK aims to be one of the greenest
countries on the Planet, the formalised checking of
maintenance and existing gasses is likely to toughen up,
post Brexit, says ACI Reports.
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