True Refrigeration has launched a campaign to help foodservice operators understand the looming changes that new industry legislation will bring.
The F-Gas Regulation aims to reduce Global Warming emissions caused by F-Gases, the refrigerants typically found in heating and cooling applications, and is part of the European climate change agenda as set out in the EU Low Carbon Roadmap.
In preparation for the coming changes, True is producing ‘BE READY’, a campaign intended to educate operators on the legislation, as well as the impact of refrigeration on businesses, sustainability, and the environment.
The legislation has been in effect since 2015 and aims to achieve a 79% reduction in the use of HFCs by 2030, encouraging manufacturers, service companies and operators to adopt technologies operating on refrigerants with significantly lower Global Warming Potential (GWP).
To get there, the next big changes will come into effect on January 2020 and may impact operators in areas such as the service and maintenance of existing refrigeration equipment and the availability of like-for-like replacements.
Businesses that own or operate integral freezer cabinets, large coolers, larger multidecks, coldrooms or remote systems that are more than a couple of years old may have equipment operating on F-Gas (R404A), one of the high GWP refrigerant gasses which will be banned from sale in new equipment from January.
The 2020 ban also includes service restrictions on larger systems that contain a large amount of high GWP gas.
Technicians will still be allowed to use new/virgin gas to recharge integral units until 2030, however, the reduced availability overall is already resulting in drastically increased gas costs which could have a significant impact on the cost of service.
True’s BE READY Campaign aims to make operators and consumers aware of the implications the F-Gas Regulation may have on their businesses, educating them on both the environmental and fiscal impact.
While F-Gas and other Regulations work to phase out environmentally unfriendly refrigerants which damage the planet, there is an alternative already available today.
Hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants are natural, non-toxic gasses that have no ozone-depleting properties and low global warming potential.
For this reason, they have been selected as the environmentally-friendly choice of refrigerant for new commercial refrigeration, after being used widely for many years in domestic refrigeration.
True first started testing R290 HC, a highly refined propane, in 2007. Since then, its Natural Refrigeration development initiative has seen the redevelopment of its entire product offering and, in 2020, True will complete the transition to 100% HC.