New laws on the use of refrigerants could mean that more than half of the UK’s commercial properties may need to take action, according to a national firm which has a branch in Lynn.
Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, which has a base in Hamlin Way, Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate, has launched a campaign to highlight the new refrigerant legislation.
EU Regulation 1005/2009 states that to stop the risk of damage to the ozone layer, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are to be phased out completely by December 31, 2014. It is estimated that up to 60 per cent of commercial buildings in the UK still use the HCFC R22.
The “R22 Be Aware” campaign is designed to make those who own, lease or manage commercial properties with air conditioning or refrigeration in the UK, aware of how these important changes to legislation might affect them.
In the past, R22 could be used as a top-up fluid for servicing or maintaining refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, but as of 1 January 2015, R22 becomes illegal and the regulation effectively obliges all operators to review, replace or modify essential equipment by the end of 2014. Operators who fail to take any action will find that their systems are unserviceable and could risk extended down-time in order modify or renew equipment from this date onwards.
Adcock’s ccmmercial director, Paul Brant, said: “Legislation change took place back in 2009, however with such a vast number of commercial properties still using R22, it is clear that operators are either not aware of the legislation or they do not understand how this may affect them from the beginning of next year.”
Adcock are offering a free site survey to any operators who may be affected by this issue and can offer a variety of solutions from modification to replacement.
For more information please go to www.adcock.co.uk/beaware, to download the Essential Guide to R22.