In preparation for the next phase of the F-Gas regulation, True Refrigeration is helping the foodservice industry understand the changes that the new legislation will bring.
The 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 the industry on the legislation, as well as the impact of refrigeration on businesses, sustainability, and the environment.
In effect since 2015, the eventual goal of the legislation is a 79% reduction in the use of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) 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 in areas such as the service and maintenance of existing refrigeration equipment and the availability of like-for-like replacements.
The 2020 ban also includes service restrictions on larger systems that contain a large amount of high GWP gas, are now being limited to using reclaimed rather than new supplies.
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 campaign, which launched at this year’s Host show, will be part of an ongoing initiative, in which the manufacturer intends to support and educate those in the hospitality industry.
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 gases 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, True’s natural refrigeration development initiative has seen the redevelopment of its entire product offering, and in 2020, True will complete the transition to 100% HC.
As a result of this investment, True believes it now produces several of the most energy-efficient commercial refrigeration products currently available on the market.