R22 Refrigerant Legislation


R22 was, until about 2002, a commonly used refrigerant in air conditioning equipment. However it contains hydro-chlorofluorocarbons, which, if released, can harm the ozone layer.


As a result of this new legislation has been introduced. Under The Kyoto Protocol, restrictions have been put on its use. In addition to this, R22 will be illegal after the 1st January 2015, all businesses are being urged to replace their refrigerant as soon as possible.


Acme have compiled a list of relevant information below, here you will find more information on the R22 phase out and how Acme can help you and your business.


R22 Deadlines

From 1 January 2010 it became illegal to use virgin HCFCs like R22 refrigerant to maintain or service air conditioning equipment. As a temporary measure re-cycled or recovered R22 can be used until 31 December 2014, but costs may become high as it gets scarcer.


From 1 January 2015 sales and use of all recycled or recovered R22 to maintain or service air conditioning equipment will be banned.


How Can The Acme Facilities Group Help?

To see if you are affected and help you manage compliance with the new legislation Acme Refrigeration will carry out an audit of your system. If action is required we will make considered and expert recommendations and then project manage the transition.


One option is to replace equipment with modern energy efficient units. This can make compelling financial, as well as environmental, sense. To help with the decision we will calculate likely energy savings, financial incentives, payback period and your CO2 savings. A possible alternative is to refit or retrofit existing plant to use an alternative refrigerant. In this case we will provide expert advice regarding subsequent system efficiency and reliability.