Temperature control specialist ICS Cool Energy has launched a guide designed to explain the upcoming changes to chiller legislation for industrial users in the UK.
Significant changes to how industrial cooling systems are specified come into effect from 1 January 2018 and the free guide covers a number of key areas relating to the latest phase of amendments to the European Commission’s EcoDesign Directive. These include a breakdown of the new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for both process and comfort chillers, as well as potential Brexit impact, ‘repair’ vs ‘replace’ arguments, and SME financing options for new equipment.
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.