January 2015 – new F-gas regulations take effect in the EU
On January 1st, 2015 new EU F-gas regulations took effect across the continent, designed to phase out the use of HFCs by 2030 by using a quota system and sectorial bans. High GWP refrigerants (especially R404A/ R507) are particularly targeted, and these new regulations encourage their complete removal from all commercial systems as soon as possible across the European Union.
What will this mean for your business? Well, in the short term it is likely that the models and units that you already use in your place of business will become more costly to repair. Your existing machines might require R404A, R507 or other high GWP refrigerants, and repairing or replacing them will be more difficult.
That said, in the long term, more options and replacements are sure to become available; for instance 407A/F could be used to replace R507.