Graham McDermott, J & E Hall Director of Process Systems and Marine, says the choice of low GWP (Global Warming Potential) alternatives for large refrigeration systems needs to widen.
There has been a wealth of advice in refrigeration on the need to make the switch to low GWP refrigerants to meet the F-Gas phasedowns. With refrigeration playing such a key role in the food processing industry, some producers and suppliers have taken the message on board but some have been left with big decisions to make.
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.