Mitsubishi Electric HVAC trainer Ben Bartle-Ross looks at the implications for the F-Gas Regulations.
At the time of writing, we’re still unsure what will happen on March 29, when the UK is legally bound to leave the European Union.
For businesses this has led to uncertainty and made planning for the future difficult.
For the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, the added complication is in understanding exactly how F-Gas regulations will change come 30 March, and what this will do to refrigerant quotas and the uptake of gases with lower GWP (Global Warming Potential). Some may have thought this could all be avoided and we would be free to ‘do our own thing’
Kevin Glass, right, with outgoing president Stephen Gill
Kevin Glass began his tenure as the new president of the Institute of Refrigeration by highlighting some of the challenges the industry is likely to face in a post-Brexit era.
He formally took up the position yesterday, succeeding Stephen Gill, and also used his presidential address to explore the situation with refrigerants, which he said remained at the top of the unresolved technical issues list.
A further extension to the Brexit transition period would be “hugely unhelpful” to the construction and building services sectors, according to the President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).
Tim Hopkinson told the association’s 2018 National Conference that “the one thing businesses crave above all else is certainty” and the proposal to extend transition arrangements after the UK leaves the European Union would further delay investment decisions.