Does your air conditioning system, chiller or heat pump use R22 refrigerant? If so, it’s time to take action.
R22 has not been legal for use in new air conditioning equipment since 2004, then in 2010, the ODS Regulation imposed a ban in all EU member states against the use of new R22 gas to maintain existing cooling systems. Since then, recycled R22 has been used to maintain and service systems, but this is set to change at the end of 2014. Take a look at the timeline at the bottom of this post for details.
From January 2015, it will be illegal to use HCFCs, which includes the refrigerant R22, in any air conditioning, heat pump or cooling systems in the UK. Studies have shown that these potent greenhouse gases are significantly damaging the ozone layer so the EC Ozone Regulation has imposed a phased ban across the EU member states.
As R22 gas is needed to complete most repairs and services of systems using the refrigerant, maintaining these systems effectively will be almost impossible in a year’s time. If your units rely on R22, you have two options:
1) Replace your existing system with new equipment
2) Replace parts on your current system to enable it to work with an alternative refrigerant
Our highly experienced engineers at Cinque Energy Solutions will happily visit your site to survey your equipment and discuss which solution is best for you. They’ll then install your new system for you, or replace the necessary parts to make it compliant with the new legislation.
Thankfully, the full value of your installation can currently be claimed against your corporation tax under the government’s Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme, so you don’t need to worry about the cost of a new system.
What’s more, your new equipment could save you up to 40% on your energy costs as advancements in technology mean it’ll be more energy efficient. That’s a whopping financial saving and carbon footprint reduction.
There are still 750,000 units in the UK that need to be upgraded or replaced. Is yours one of them? Get in touch with us today and we’ll make sure your critical business operations continue to run smoothly by helping you adhere to the new legislation.
R22 Ban Timeline
1st July 1995 – HCFCs banned except as solvents, refrigerants, for the production of rigid insulating foams and integral skin foams in safety applications, in laboratory uses including research and development, as feedstock in the manufacture of other chemicals and as a carrier gas for sterilisation substances in closed systems.
1st January 1996 – HCFCs banned in equipment produced after 31st December 1995 as refrigerants in non-confined direct evaporation systems, refrigerants in domestic refrigerators and freezers, in motor vehicles, tractors and off road vehicles or trailer air conditioning and inroad public transport air conditioning.
1st January 1998 - HCFC banned in equipment produced after 31st December 1997 for rail public transport air conditioning.
1st January 2000 - HCFC banned in equipment produced after 31st December 1999 for use as refrigerants in public distribution and cold stores and warehouses and as refrigerants for equipment of 150kW and over shaft input.
1st January 2001 – HCFCs banned in all other refrigeration and air conditioning equipment produced after 31st December 2000 with the exception of fixed air conditioning equipment with a cooling capacity of less than 100kW.
1st January 2010 - Virgin (new) HCFC prohibited in the maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment existing at that date.
1st January 2015 - Recycled HCFCs will be prohibited in the maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment existing at that date.