The F-Gas regulations aim to reduce global warming by phasing out and banning the use of any hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) gases with higher than 150 Global Warming Potential (GWP) by 2030.
The rapid phase-out of fluorinated gases under the new regulations brought:
- 60% price increase of high GWP refrigerants in 2017
- 43% reduction of gas quota that manufacturers can legally import in the EU in 2018
- Serious concerns over a full blown refrigerant crisis due to the accelerated reduction of gas availability
High GWP gases will only become more expensive and harder to source over the upcoming years with another gas quota reduction in 2021 of 45% of the currently remaining 63%. Replacing refrigerants that are being phased-out with any HFC gas with higher than 150 GWP is not a viable long-term solution.
Implementing change as soon as possible is likely to save you a lot of money in the future, as well as protect you from legal action taken against you if you’re not compliant with your regulatory obligations.
For more information and support in selecting the way forward for your refrigeration system, get in touch with one of our design engineers today.