It appears to have been fairly quiet on the F Gas Regulation front in recent months but there have been some developments behind the scenes.
EPEE – the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment is conducting a useful study on how the regulation is being implemented across Member States and this is throwing up a number of issues, which will be fed back to the European Commission.
The latest figures (right) available from the Environment Agency on the numbers of individuals having achieved the required minimum qualifications and companies including sole traders obtaining their F Gas Certifications are encouraging:
It defines the exact wording of the information to be included on labels referred to in Article 12 (1) of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 and sets out requirements ensuring visibility and readability of such labels with regards to their layout and replacement. New labelling requirements will apply to all products containing fluorinated greenhouse gases including equipment and containers, drums, road and rail tankers from 1st January 2017.
The wording is similar to existing labels but includes additional requirements such as CO2 equivalent values.
Harmonisation of certification across different Member States
It specifies essential information required to allow the authentication of a certificate or attestation to ensure it complies with the minimum requirements. This should be reassuring for those employing individuals who have gained their certificate in another Member State.
Minimum requirements for individual certification
It clarifies new obligations for refrigerated trucks and trailers, concerning certification of companies and individuals, that have now been included in the new Regulation. It also formalises the requirements for the content of certification programmes to contain information on relevant technologies to replace or reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases.
This new requirement was included in UK certifications from January 215, but the Implementing Regulation applies only from 1st July 2017 to allow other Member States time to adapt their existing certification programmes. It should be noted that existing Certificates issued under the original Regulation 842/2006 remain valid and re-certification is not required, unless the certificate issuer has put an expiry date on it.
ACRIB is participating in the implementation study being conducted by EPEE (mentioned above) and would be pleased to feedback any issues and concerns that individuals or companies implicated by the new F Gas Regulation may have. All such issues and concerns are also shared with DEFRA and the Environment Agency as deemed appropriate.
We are also advised that DEFRA is proposing to host an F Gas stakeholder meeting in March to keep industry informed of the latest developments. ACRIB will report on the outcomes of that meeting in the future.