What are the new F GAS regulations?
Since January 2015 a wave of new regulations have been gradually phased in to ensure static and mobile refrigeration and freezing units are safer for the environment. With the links between global warming potential (GWP) and F gases stronger than ever, there are now several legal requirements in place to minimise the effects of these gases.
By January 1st 2020, commercial refrigeration and freezing units, as well as static refrigeration appliances that contain or rely on the most common F GAS, hydrofluorocarbons, will be banned if they have a GWP level of 2500 or more.
Why CRS Cold Storage are tackling them now
At CRS, we are not only committed to using the newest and most effective technology, we’re also committed to minimising our impact on the environment. We know that F Gases can stay in the atmosphere long after they’re omitted from refrigeration units, which is why we’re acting on them now, rather than waiting until 2020.
How are we making these changes? Simply by switching to a more environmentally friendly refrigerant blend. The R452A has a much lower GWP than many other blends still used at current and is a good substitute for both the R404A and R507. This blend can be integrated into older units without heavy modification, making it both eco-friendly and cheaper for consumers. With an A1 safety rating, it’s a sensible choice that’s transforming units for the better.
This blend has been proven to offer a good middle ground, with a lower GWP and lower flammability – a factor that continues to be a concern for many customers using portable refrigeration units.
CRS offer a range of eco-friendly units, including our new Thermoking Magnum Plus and the Zanotti PAS range of refrigeration equipment with the R452A refrigerant blend. Our low emission storage is not only better for the environment but can also be cheaper to run and more efficient too.
EU legislation is certain to change in the future and the need to reduce F Gases in cold storage will become more prevalent in the years to come. Whatever the future holds, CRS will continue to stay ahead of legislation, providing customers with high-quality refrigeration units that are both safe and environmentally friendly.