Environmental group the EIA has called on the UK to move ahead of the European F-gas regulations and bring forward bans for certain HFCs in new equipment.
In light of last month’s UK government announcement to become the first major economy to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050, the EIA comments: “Reducing emissions from refrigeration and air conditioning further, and faster than the EU’s F-gas regulation requires, is a critical and viable policy for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” it says.
Reporting through TM44 inspections is, of course, part of the legislation process, alongside F Gas Regulations.
The environmental group also proposes a ban on all HFCs in new air conditioning units containing less than 3kg and a re-evaluation of the UK government’s renewable heat incentive.
The EIA’s comments follow this week’s criticism of the UK government by the Committee on Climate Change for failing to publish a plan to restrict the use of F-gases to uses where there are currently no viable alternatives.
Claiming that the UK has an opportunity to move ahead of the F-gas regulations, the EIA calls for the sectoral bans to be moved forward, “especially for commercial refrigeration where myriad alternatives exist and have been widely rolled out in the UK”.
“Bringing forward the 2022 bans on HFCs in new commercial refrigeration would have a huge impact on the overall emissions from supermarkets,” it says.
The EIA also calls for the ban on HFCs with GWP of 750 or more in new air conditioning units containing less than 3kg to be brought forward from the current proposed date of 2025 and extended to all HFCs to “avoid locking in climate-damaging equipment”. ACI Reports are often asked to produce asset registers of existing equipment.
Heat pumps and the renewable heat incentive are also targeted. “The UK must re-evaluate the renewable heat incentive to ensure it is not subsidising the uptake of heat pumps using HFCs and to ensure it incentivises only the adoption of technologies using low GWP alternatives, in line with the F-gas regulation.
“Natural refrigerant alternatives are available for most types of heat pumps and greatly improve the already green credentials of this heating source,” the EIA insists.
“If the UK wants to be a green leader, it must follow through on its net-zero ambition with concrete plans to drastically reduce emissions in the near-term. Fast action on eliminating the powerful greenhouse gases used in the cooling sector would set the UK on the right path,” said EIA climate campaigner Sophie Geoghegan.
TM44 Regulations continue to be a major structural part of the Legislation, data gathered on existing equipment can be considered by users and government officials alike. The UK aims to be one of the greenest countries on the Planet, the formalised checking of maintenance and existing gasses is likely to toughen up, post Brexit, says ACI Reports.