In Great Britain the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009 introduced requirements on equipment operators containing Fgases (HCFCs) to carry out regular inspections. In addition, an Fgas register detailing all equipment and quantities of refrigerants used during installation, service and maintenance must be kept on site. This statutory instrument prescribes offences and penalties applicable to companies that fail to act in accordance with the regulation. The regulation also details the qualification requirements for engineers working on FGas systems.
The Fgas regulations were introduced as part of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aimed at promoting the improvement of the energy performance of buildings within the European Union. The EPBD was designed to reduce global warming as well as conserving fossil fuels. Fgas refrigerants have a large Global Warming Potential (GWP), some refrigerant gases also damage the ozone layer if released to atmosphere. The management and handling of Fgas refrigerants is subject to specific legislation (Fgas regulations) that require system operators to take positive action to ensure that the regulations are followed by all site operatives.