He said: “As Europe continues with its phase down of selected HFC gases there seems a tendency among food manufacturers and temperature controlled storage and distribution firms to take a long term, strategic view of their refrigeration systems.
“They are doing this in order to mitigate potential significant future financial costs. But I’d argue that this may not be the right approach.
“Over the next five years, high-risk refrigerants will become harder to source and more expensive as they will be in high demand. Users of refrigeration systems that operate on HFCs need to be aware that these gases are at risk in the near future.
“The message from Europe is clear; HFC refrigerants are not a viable long-term solution and refrigeration plant operators should look to invest in futureproof cooling systems to avoid escalating costs and ensure uninterrupted business operation.”
Natural refrigerants are one of the long-term solutions for companies affected by the F-Gas regulations. While the initial purchase cost may be higher it is the lifecycle cost of running the system which is key. Those who continue to operate cooling systems with HFCs face the risk of escalating running costs in the short to medium term.
“The Current F-Gas regulations (EU) are phasing out HFC, based on a quota shared across the EU community. If a member state leaves the community it is possible that the EU may re-calculate the division of the quota across its remaining members, effectively giving each member state a larger share of the quota.
“As the UK leaves the union it is also possible, although unlikely, that the Government could re-examine the regulation and adopt a new quota or completely change its strategy. The current commitment by the UK is to reduce the overall usage of HFC refrigerants by 21% (of the 2009-2012 sales average) by 2030.”