A-Gas Quality and Compliance Manager Francis Burraston explains how problems with compliance can be avoided by getting it right first time.
The Hazardous Waste Regulations have a significant influence on the way that we all handle refrigerants. They ensure that refrigerants are collected, transported, recovered and disposed of safely. In doing so we are able to better protect those who are handling refrigerants, safeguard the environment they are working in and reduce the overall environmental impact of the products we use every day.
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.