F-GAS: EUROPEAN REGULATION FOR THE REDUCTION OF FLUORINATED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
The F-GAS Regulation is an instrument of the environmental policy that the European Union adopted. Its objective is to contain, prevent and reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases caused by the use of refrigerants, through better containment and prevention of losses.
Our company, F-Gas certification nr. 2471/15, offers its customers all the services needed to comply with this regulation, from the production of the equipment Register to the completion of the mandatory annual Declaration.
The F-Gas regulation applies to all equipment / systems containing refrigerant gas. Refer to the specific section of the site to check if your system is subject to F-GAS or not!
The new Regulation 517/2014 of 16/04/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases came into effect from 1st January 2015.
These types of equipment are included:
- Fixed refrigeration equipment (cold cells, refrigerated display cabinets, refrigerated cabinets, …)
- Air conditioning systems
- Heat pumps
- Refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers
The operator has specific OBLIGATIONS to follow: in particular, to maintain an equipment register.
Argenta srl is an F-GAS certified company (2471/15) and we are available for the following services:
- inspections to identify the equipment that requires F-Gas maintenance
- production of the equipment register
- mandatory periodic inspections of the equipment.
It is a paper booklet in which the certified technician records all the information regarding the refrigeration system in accordance with CE 303/2008 regulation.
What checks does it prescribe?
Fixed and mobile equipment must be checked by specialised personnel (businesses or individuals registered in “National Computerised Register of certified individuals and businesses” that can be consulted on www.fgas.it) as provided by section 13 of Pr. Decree 43/2012.
Which systems are subject to periodic maintenance?
- Fixed refrigeration equipment
- All winter and summer air conditioning systems
- Wall mounted heat pumps
- Refrigerated cold storages and trucks / trailers
- Chillers (water coolers)
This equipment must have an “Equipment Register” if the quantity of refrigerant is greater than or equal to the minimum value indicated in the above table.
Should I change my system?
NO, you should just become compliant and carry out periodic checks by companies certified in accordance with EC 303/2008 (ARGENTA SRL IS CERTIFIED No. 2471/15).
Should I change the refrigeration gas?
No, the gas is changed only when the system is empty or in the event of a serious failure. In any case, this should be agreed with the contracted installer who must be certified pursuant to EC 303/2008.
How often I must check the system?
According to the weight and the type of gas shown on the label.
Who is responsible for the system?
The person responsible for the system is the owner of the system. He/she is also called the “OPERATOR”. If the owner contracts a certified company to carry out the maintenance of the system , the responsibilities of the parties must be stated in the contract.
Can I check the system myself?
No, only trained and certified personnel employed by F-GAS certified and registered companies can perform the checks.
Who is in charge of checking system compliance?
- Carabinieri (NOE: Environmental Operations Task Force)
- Coast Guard
- Forest Warden Service
PENALTIES FOR THE OPERATOR
We would like to remind you that for this equipment and systems it is MANDATORY to have appropriate REGISTERS DETAILING CHECKS in which the quantities of refrigerant gas added, recovered or eliminated are recorded.
LIST OF PENALTIES FOR THE OPERATOR WHO FAILS TO HAVE A REGISTER OF CHECKS OR TO MAINTAIN IT UP TO DATE OR IF IT IS INCOMPLETE, INCORRECT OR DOES NOT INCLUDE THE REQUIRED DATA:
|From EUR 7,000
to EUR 100,000
|From EUR 500
to EUR 5,000
|From EUR 7,000
to EUR 100,000
The Ministry of the Environment, through the bodies responsible for carrying out checks, is responsible for verification and supervisory activities.