Tools and Tips
Distributors should consider the best way in which they can help their customers meet their obligations. This will probably be in the form of helpful information that they could make available to customers. The type of information will perhaps depend upon the type of distributor as follows:
- Refrigerant distributors.
Companies distributing refrigerant should make available comprehensive information sheets that provide relevant information about the products they sell. In most cases, such information is already provided by manufacturer's data sheets. A key area that customers will find useful relates to options for reuse, reclaim and destruction of recovered refrigerants.
- Refrigeration component wholesalers.
Component wholesalers are in a particularly strong position to provide useful information about the F-Gas regulation as they have a very strong interface with large numbers of service and installation technicians. Wholesalers will find it helpful to build up a "knowledge base" of useful information related to the regulation. The Figaroo website provides much of this information. In addition some Member States have prepared useful guidance material for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. For example the UK government have tried to provide advice about the best ways of identifying the amount of refrigerant in a system. They have prepared a comprehensive guidance note that is accompanied by a spreadsheet tool that can be used to make an estimate of refrigerant charge. This tool may prove very useful to your customers. It can be accessed on the following website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/air/fgas/background.htm
- Refrigeration system distributors.
The documentation that you supply with plants and systems that you sell can be designed to help the end user to (a) meet his obligations under the F-Gas Regulation and (b) reduce emissions of CO2 by running the plant more efficiently, saving electricity. You might want to consider providing two types of information:
- F-Gas Regulation guidance.
This would support the end users obligation for record keeping. You should provide details of the type and exact amount of refrigerant in the system and give advice about ways of minimising leakage and how leak testing should be carried out.
- Energy efficiency guidance.
For most refrigeration plants by far the largest impact on global warming is related to the energy consumption. End users would find it very helpful if you provide some guidance on how to get the lowest energy consumption from the plant that you have supplied. For example, you could describe maintenance procedures that would ensure that the plant performance did not degrade over time through problems such as heat exchanger fouling, build up of non-condensable gases in the condenser, problems with frost on the evaporator etc.