The R22 Deadline Nears: De-Commission Your Chiller Today
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If you are a business based in the United Kingdom, you may have heard about the R22 switchover. You may be wondering what exactly the new legislation involves and whether or not your business will be affected by it. In this article we take a detailed look at these issues and offer suggestions that you can follow to ensure that you comply with the new regulations.
What Is R22?
R22, also known as chlorodifluoromethane, is a colourless gas that is known for its refrigerant or cooling properties. Traditionally, R22 has been used in chillers and air conditioning units all over the world. However, it has recently been proven that R22 is also a greenhouse gas that has detrimental effects in the environment, as it contributes to global warming and its emissions deplete the ozone layer. Specifically, R22 has been shown to be nearly 2,000 times more powerful and damaging to the environment that carbon dioxide.
What Does The R22 Phaseout Involve?
In view of the negative environmental effects of R22 gases, the Montreal Protocol outlined a timeline to phase out the use of this refrigerant gas in appliances. Starting in 2004, the protocol required that the consumption of this gas be reduced by 70 per cent. As of 2010, suppliers and manufacturers were banned from providing new virgin HCFC substances, including R22. By 2015, a full ban will be in force, whereby appliances that contain R22 will no longer be serviced or maintained. Non-compliance with the new legislation can result in larger energy bills and an increased risk of irreversible breakdown, as well as potential penalties.
What Are Your Options?
If your business operates R22 chillers or air-con units, the most cost-effective option is to decommission these appliances and to replace them with alternative and environmentally-friendly units that comply with international regulations. The procedure for decommissioning and dismantling appliances that contain R22 is quite complex and must be carried out by expert engineers, so you are strongly advised to contact a firm that is familiar with the legislation changes and that provides dedicated decommissioning services.
Mechanical Movements are an FORS-accredited and Safe Contractor-approved company. We provide specialist chiller decommissioning services using a team of highly qualified and F-Gas certified engineers who follow strict procedures to protect your business and the environment. For all your decommissioning, haulage, storage and lifting needs, contact us today and we’ll be pleased to provide you with a free quotation.