Commercial equipment engineering company NWCE has pledged its support for the F-gas 404 ban, coming into place early next year.
From 1 January 2020, new regulations will come into place affecting foodservice businesses that purchased their refrigeration equipment before mid-2018.
Under UK and EU legislation, the New Year’s Day ban will eliminate refrigerants with a global warming potential (GWP) greater than 2500 being used in any new refrigeration or freezer systems. This ban also affects refrigeration systems containing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
The refrigeration gas ban could affect medium-sized refrigeration equipment, such as retail refrigeration, walk-in coldrooms, cellar cooling or chillers.
NWCE MD Ben Odling commented: “Nowadays, most commercial kitchens with newer refrigeration appliances will not have this issue but for those which are in need of replacing, NWCE is on hand to help businesses retrofit their current refrigeration or point companies in the right direction to the most suitable equipment for them.”
The Bolton-based company is highlighting the need for a change in appliances through endorsing climate-friendly alternative appliances.
Odling added: “Sustainability and energy saving is a big issue within all professional kitchens today. It’s no secret, that there’s an urgency when it comes to making environmentally-friendly changes.
“For kitchens that do not adhere to the new legislation, they may be hit with enforcement notices and potential fines for breaching the upcoming ban.”
Looking ahead, he concluded: “The UK and EU are said to be enforcing phasing HFCs down by 79% by 2030. Not only will this make some refrigerants harder to purchase, but they will also be more expensive to obtain. That’s why it is in the foodservice business’s best interest to start acting now.”