EFCTC: The F-Gas Regulation Transportation and Handling of F-Gases

The F-Gas Regulation sets out requirements to minimise emissions for a range of activities. For F-Gas containers including ISOtanks, and refillable drums and cylinders any residual HFCs must be recovered when the container reaches the end of its life. As containers are reused and may require inspection or refurbishment during their lifetime recovery must also take place at these times to avoid emissions. It is a requirement not to vent to atmosphere F-Gases from containers.

Recovery of F-Gases is also required for other products and equipment ‘to the extent that it is technically feasible and does not entail disproportionate cost’. The recovery shall be by ‘appropriately qualified personnel.’

This requires an evaluation of activities where F-Gases might be recovered, and if necessary to ensure suitable in-house or external training. Activities that might need re-evaluating in the context of the Regulation are recovery from filling lines, stock tanks, etc.