British manufacturers are being urged to upgrade their process cooling systems in the run-up to planned changes to the Ecodesign Directive, which come into effect at the start of next year.
The directive, which governs all energy-related products, including chillers and industrial coolers, is set to impose strict new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for industrial process cooling systems from 1 January 2018. The new benchmark for an industrial process chiller will be its Seasonal Energy Performance Ratios (SEPR). Minimum SEPRs, which is calculated as the ratio between the annual refrigeration demand and its annual electricity consumption.
MACPARTNERS, the Mobile Air Conditioning Partners Europe industry association, says it is “astounded” by DEFRA's (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) decision to allow unlicensed individuals to buy F-gases.
MACPARTNERS is “gravely concerned” that DEFRA's decision goes directly against the directive (EU) 517/2014 concerning F-gases. The association is also upset by the decision because it believes that 'undisclosed UK stakeholders' challenged DEFRA on its ability to restrict who can buy F-gas products.
An agreement has been reached in Dubai among the parties to the Montreal Protocol to grip the use and manufacture of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The agreement did not include the phase-down of HFCs, however.
India and a few Gulf States raised objections to agreeing to phase out HFCs in the proposed amendment. But, formal negotiations will start on the manufacturing and use of HFCs with an amendment on the subject expected some time in 2016. It has taken six years to get to the point where countries have agreed to start negotiating on the amendment.