“The UK refrigeration and ac industry has backed staying within the European F-gas regulations post Brexit, but repeated warnings of dire shortages of high GWP refrigerants next year.”
- While the UK was probably further ahead in the F-gas phase down process than many of the other EU member states, there is a distinct possibility that some of the high GWP refrigerants will not be available next year.
- Significant price rises of up to 700% this year have spurred the move to alternatives.
- Suggestions for a tax on HFCs was not seen as an effective incentive to switch to lower alternatives.
- Rising prices are prompting contractors to look for alternatives but this had safety implications, with claims that some contractors were already retrofitting “mildly flammable” A2L refrigerants like R32 into R410A air conditioning systems.
- The high price of refrigerants in Europe and the low cost of refrigerants in China we were “setting ourselves up for illegal trade in refrigerants”.
- While the [F-gas] regulation is here, it needs to be enforced more strongly.
- EIA supported a stiffening of the product bans under the F-gas regulations; there were no restrictions on HFCs in heat pumps.
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Article taken from coolingpost.com.