Refrigerant gases for refrigeration prohibited in 2020

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Refrigerant gases for refrigeration prohibited in 2020

For refrigerant gases used in refrigeration, the “F-gas” Regulation (EU) 517/2014, on fluorinated greenhouse gases established certain prohibitions on the use and placing on the market of such gases as of 1 January 2020. Firstly, direct quote:

Article 13 “Control of use”

  1. “From 1 January 2020, the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases, with a global warming potential of 2,500 or more, to service or maintain refrigeration equipment with a charge size of 40 tonnes of CO2 equivalent [CO2] or more, shall be prohibited”.

Exceptions: military equipment and equipment designed to cool products to temperatures below -50°C.

ANNEX III “Placing on the market prohibitions from 1 January 2020”

  1. “Refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (hermetically sealed equipment) that contain HFCs with GWP of 2,500 or more”.
  2. “Stationary refrigeration equipment, that contains, or the functioning of which relies upon HFCs with GWP of 2,500. Except equipment intended for application designed to cool down products to temperatures above -50°C”.

Exceptions: military equipment.


As you can see, all prohibitions for refrigerant gases, applicable from 1 January 2020, affect fluorinated refrigerants whose GWP is higher than 2,500, which are given below:



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