Almost 100 people attended two seminars in Birmingham hosted by Logicool and REFCOM designed to cut through the confusion surrounding the F-Gas legislation.
One session was for contractors and the other for resellers, which included manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. The presentations focused on a number of misconceptions regarding the wording and interpretation of the legislation.
Karl Richardson of Logicool began by highlighting a number of statements with the potential to cause confusion and asked Graeme Fox of REFCOM to interpret the legislation correctly.
The presentation and conversation then developed to focus on a number of key questions, dubbed F-Gas Myths and Realities. These primarily focused on certification, as well as the sale and resale of refrigerant and equipment to trade and non-trade:
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.