The Air Conditoning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA), which represents air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump contractors across Europe and beyond, has welcomed two new member associations. AEFYT from Spain and TRA from Thailand joined at the spring 2017 General Assembly in Amsterdam.
AEFYT is the Spanish association representing companies in the cooling and refrigeration industry, including contractors. After an introductory meeting at the end of 2016, they had been granted temporary membership by the Board from January onwards.
AEFYT President Roberto Solsona Caballer said: “AREA and AEFYT share common interests and objectives such as cohesion, collaboration, distribution of information and contact between national and international associations to achieve the development of refrigeration techniques and professional certifications.”
In response to industry requests, the EU Commission has published a paper to give guidance on the independent verification required when producing, importing and exporting fluorinated greenhouse gases.
The EU regulation (514/2014) states that companies involved in making, importing or exporting F-gases have to submit their verification data by 30th June. That only applies if they have placed 10,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or more of HFCs in the previous calendar year into the market. Verification will also be necessary for companies who import equipment containing HFCs from 2018.
The EU Commission was keen to state that the paper is only guidance and that companies don not have to follow the approach set out in the paper as long as they meet F-Gas regulation requirements.
Download the EU Paper for free here: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/f-gas/docs/guidance_to_verifiers_en.pdf