- Consent Needed and How to Obtain It
- Performance Standards
- Sampling/Monitoring Requirements
- Reporting Requirements
- Non Compliance
- Renewal and Variation
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|Control of the placing on the market and use of controlled substances:
F-Gas Containing Equipment
The placing on the market of certain F-Gas containing equipment is prohibited. This equipment is listed in Annex II to the EU Regulations. If any operators obtained such equipment on or after that date they may be required to remove it for safe disposal/destruction, unless it can be proven that it was manufactured before the applicable prohibition date.
|Leakage prevention and Recovery:
Operators of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, heat pumps (including their circuits) and fire-protection equipment are to:
Fire protection equipment installed before 4 July 2007 had to have a leakage detection system for F-Gases fitted by 4 July 2010 (obligations would be fulfilled where an existing inspection regime is in place to meet the ISO 14520 standard) (also see the Sampling/Monitoring Requirements tab).
Equipment containing >300kg of F-Gas should have a leakage detection system (LDS) installed (also see the Sampling/Monitoring Requirements tab).
Where F-Gases are added on site to relevant equipment, the quantity added/resulting total quantity should be recorded on the existing label, in line with Commission Regulation (EC) No 1494/2007 (PDF document).
Operators are required to inspect relevant equipment for leakages according to the schedule provided in Annex A of the DECC Guidance on the EU F-Gases Regulations.
The equipment or system also needs to be checked for leakage within one month after a leak has been detected to make sure the repair has been effective (it is recommended that Operators ensure leakage checks are undertaken by certified personnel).
Relevant equipment is to be inspected in line with the following recent EU Regulations on leakage checking standards:
|What to Report:
The following data should be reported:
For relevant equipment containing 3 kg+ F-Gases, operators are also to maintain records of the:
The template provided in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero F-Gas Guidance can be used for recording the above data.
These records are to be made available on request to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (for checking compliance and if needs be for responding to requests for such information from the EU Commission).
The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (formerly DECC) put out an Environmental Alert in November 2013 alerting operators that many have not been reporting all F-Gas emissions to the atmosphere through the Environmental Emissions Monitoring System (EEMS). It is the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s understanding that this is attributed to a mistaken belief that if an F-Gas is not listed on the relevant EEMS reporting form then this eliminates the requirement to report the emission.
The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero reiterates the point that when operators become aware of the requirement to report an F-Gas to EEMS that is not included within the existing reporting form, they are requested to inform the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero by e-mail, who will then arrange for this product to be added to the return. This will ensure the details of the F-Gas are recorded on the system for future reporting.
|Who to Report to:
Use and Service/Maintenance/Leakage Tests – Records to be maintained and made available to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero on request.
Emissions to atmosphere – report via EEMS Portal (see EEMS website).
Non compliances should be reported to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero Offshore Inspectorate at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|When to Report:
An EEMS report is to be submitted by 7 February each year.
Unintentional/accidental releases of F-Gas 250 tonnes CO2 equivalent – report within 48 hours of the incident occurring.
Other records are to be made available on request to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (i.e. for checking compliance and if needs be for responding to any requests for such information from the EU Commission).
Obligations enforced by the F-Gas Regulations 2009 which set out offences/penalties for non-conformance, powers include:
Any potential or actual non-compliance with The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 or other F-gas regulations, as appropriate, must be reported to OPRED through the submission of an F-Gas NCN via the Integrated Reporting Service (IRS) on the UK Energy Portal. If the IRS system is unavailable, the EU F-Gas reporting form should be sent to OPRED.
|Renewal of Permit:
|Ban on certain F-Gases:
|OPRED have released a statement that the EU and the UK are reducing the availability of hydrofluorocarbons by 79% between 2015 and 2030 . A ban has been placed on certain F-gases with a global potential of 150 or more in certain circumstances.
|Environmental Alert 03/2014 – EU F-Gases Regulations:
|DECC (now Department for Energy Security and Net Zero) issued an Environmental Alert (PDF document) report after identifying a number of “non-compliances” under The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009, alerting operators to the newly-published DECC guidance.