From 1st January 2015, the F-Gas regulations have changed to an equivalence to CO2 rate rather than the previous total system quantity. This change to the proposals effectively penalises systems using HFC’s with higher global warming potentials. The revised F-Gas Regulation is called (EC) 517/2014. A guidance to some of the most important changes are listed below.
The current regulations for leak checking of systems is as follows:
- Systems with greater than 5 tonnes (equivalent) CO2 but less than 50 tonnes – once per year
- Systems with greater than 50 tonnes (equivalent) CO2 but less than 500 tonnes – every 6 months
- Systems with greater than 500 tonnes (equivalent) CO2– every 3 months but must have a fixed leak detection system
Any system with a fixed leak detection system halves the number of leak checks required.