R22 Phase Out
The EC Ozone Regulation (No. 1005/2009) was introduced to control and phase out the remaining uses of all Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) such as R22 refrigerant. This has led to a total ban on its use for service and maintenance by the start of the year 2015. ODS can result in greater UV radiation reaching the earth’s surface which is harmful for humans, animals and plants, leading to increases in skin cancer, cataracts and a reduction in food crop yields. Modern alternatives such as HFC’s, which include R410A, do not have the same ozone depleting potential (ODP).
- Since 31st December 2009, the use of virgin R22 refrigerant for servicing and maintenance has been banned.
- From 31st December 2014, there will be a total ban on all recycled and reclaimed R22 thereby making it impossible to service and maintain air conditioning systems that operate on R22.
- Provision should be made to prevent leakages of R22 on currently operational air conditioning systems.
Companies will be breaking the law and will face site shut down and/or fines if R22 regulations are not adhered to. Therefore, replacing R22 air conditioning systems with modern alternatives is essential.
Is it time to replace your air conditioning?
At the end of 2014 it will be illegal to use R22 refrigerant to service and maintain your air conditioning.
- If your building uses air conditioning and it was installed before 2003 it is likely now at risk and you should be considering a sensible approach to replacement.R22 refrigerant is harmful to the ozone layer if it should leak from an air conditioning system
- Energy costs are ever rising and old equipment can consume up to 50% more energy than new equipment, costing you more money and creating more carbon emissions
- The equipment may be approaching the end of its life, leading to potential unplanned failures leaving your building with no heating and cooling
- Maintaining the current R22 equipment will be more difficult and costly, as spares parts become more scarce and expensive
- Legislation are more strongly targeting reductions in energy use in buildings