The UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee has announced it will investigate the nation’s progress into slashing fluorine gas (F-Gas) emissions.
The body is holding an inquiry into the UK’s work to reduce F-Gas emissions, the impact leaving the EU will have on progress and reporting on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future.
The scope of the inquiry covers many issues related to future UK Government policy, such as how F-Gas regulation requirements should be incorporated into future UK law, as well as compliance and enforcement options.
The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) has provided a consolidated response to the questions posed which is expected to be published on the Environmental Audit Committee website in the near future.
The summary of the arguments made by ACRIB includes the statement that the use bans are challenging but have been effective in reducing UK F-gas emissions.
Significant challenges for the industry include availability and cost of alternative refrigerants, safety implications and skills levels of operatives.
Opportunities to improve compliance levels with existing regulatory requirements and closing identified loop-holes would strengthen existing requirements, according to ACRIB.
The body also stated that the UK F-Gas emissions reduction policies should remain aligned with EU F-Gas Regulations and European Safety Standards.
UK obligations under Kigali and Montreal protocols would also be satisfied by maintaining alignment with the existing F-gas regulation requirements.
ACRIB represents the consolidated views of industry associations and professional bodies in the stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) industry, including CESA.