Continuing to run equipment on recycled refrigerant, exempt from the F-Gas ban on 1st January 2020, is an expensive risk to take due to expected supply and demand issues, warns Aggreko.
With less than three months until the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) demonstrating a global warming potential of 2500 or more (GWP) are banned from all refrigeration systems, Aggreko says political vigilance is causing more companies to continue as they are before investing in new refrigerants. As a result it is expected they will fall victim to market fluctuations and encounter unpredictable delays regarding the changes.
The changes mainly affect the use of HFC 404A and R507 in commercial and industrial refrigeration systems. Operators will not be allowed to use many F-Gases to top up or refill existing cooling systems with virgin HFC. As UK industry continues to grapple with an uncertain economic and political climate, more companies may benefit from hiring equipment to remain compliant and avoid unnecessary expense before making such impactful business decisions. As with any technical or legislative changes, there are many decisions to be made in order to ensure an effective and swift transition.
While planning work is being carried out, hired equipment from companies such as Aggreko can keep a site running for as long as needed with full service support and maintenance capability.