Consultation on draft Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases ("F-gases") Amendment Regulations (NI) 2018

Consultation opened on 29 August 2018. Closing date 26 October 2018.


Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases ("F-gases") are used in a number of sectors of industry in Northern Ireland, including refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pumps, fire equipment and electrical switchgear. Their use is controlled by legislation because they have a very high Global Warming Potential (GWP), if released into the atmosphere.


Consultation description

These draft Regulations aim to amend existing NI F-gases Regulations to help to control Northern Ireland’s (“NI”) greenhouse gas emissions and help limit global warming.

F-gases are used in NI in the following sectors of business/industry:

  • refrigeration systems,
  • air conditioning (including in motor vehicles),
  • heat pump equipment,
  • F-gas based solvents,
  • high-voltage switchgear,
  • insulation foam,
  • refrigerated lorries and trailers,
  • aerosols,
  • fire protection,
  • magnesium smelting/casting,
  • Organic Rankine Cycles, and
  • chemical manufacturers and suppliers.

The new provisions on F-gases include the following:

  • extending existing provisions on F-gases to now include a new sector of business, namely refrigerated trucks and trailers,
  • updates to certification for work with F-gases in electrical switchgear,
  • a new certification requirement for work with F-gases in stationary refrigeration and air conditioning, heat pumps and refrigeration units of trucks and trailers,
  • updates to legal requirements on placing labels on equipment containing F-gases,
  • new reasons acceptable for contesting an enforcement notice issued for alleged offences relating to F-gases,
  • a legal requirement for any business transferring work with F-gases to another business to ensure that adequate certification is in place for work with F-gases, and
  • amendments to how certification, evaluation and attestation bodies for qualifications for work with F-gases are listed in law.

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