The f-gas revisions include further bans that impact the sale of certain refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, foams and propellants using f-gases. It also prohibits the use of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) in small magnesium foundries from 1st January 2018.
The restriction and bans on the use of certain f-gases in new products and equipment mean that OEMS and equipment installers will need to use alternative gases. This will entail equipment and process modifications.
The full list of additional bans is summarised below:
|Additional F-Gas Product and Equipment Bans - Annex III|
|Ban Type and Number in Text||Date|
|3.||Fire protection equipment that contains HFC-23 (except critical use)||1.1.2016|
|10.||Domestic refrigerators and freezers that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more||1.1.2015|
|11.||Refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (hermetically sealed) that contain:|
|- HFCs with GWP of 2500 or more||1.1.2020|
|- HFCs with GWP of 150 or more||1.1.2022|
|12.||Stationary refrigeration equipment containing f-gases with GWP 2500 or more except equipment intended for applications designed to cool products to temperatures below -50° C||1.1.2020|
|13.||Multipack centralised refrigeration systems for commercial use with a rated capacity of 40 kW or more that contain, or whose functioning relies upon, f-gases with GWP 150 or more, except in the primary circuit of cascade systems where f-gases with a GWP of less than 1500 may be used.||1.1.2022|
|14.||Movable room air conditioning equipment (hermetically sealed equipment which is movable between rooms by the end user) that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more||1.1.2020|
|15.||Single split air conditioning systems containing less than 3 kg of f-gases, with GWP of 750 or more||1.1.2015|
|16.||Foams that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more except when required to meet national safety standards:|
|- Extruded polystyrene (XPS)||1.1.2020|
|- Other foams||1.1.2023|
|17.||Technical aerosols that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more, except when required to meet national safety standards or when used for medical applications||1.1.2018|
|Article 13: Magnesium die-casting using SF6 with demand <850kg (larger installations already banned)||1.1.2018|
We can support you in understanding the implications of the equipment and product bans, helping you identify the solution that best meets your specific requirements. This includes detailed information on refrigerant gas properties to help you understand their operating capabilities.
In addition, we offer a wide range of gases suitable for refrigeration, air conditioning, foam blowing and aerosol applications, including lower-GWP HFCs and next-generation gases including HFOs, ammonia, CO2 and hydrocarbons.
The physical properties (flammability, toxicity, operating pressures, etc.) of these next-generation gases often differ from those of traditional f-gases. We can advise you on the safe handling and use of these products.