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EFCTC has published a one page leaflet on Illegal Imports of HFCs Find it here:

Kigali Amendment comes into force, UN video: In its February 2019 newsletter, the UN released a video on how the Kigali Amendment reduces climate change. Click here to see the video.

The UK Institute of Refrigeration’s updated 2019 F-Gas Handbook provides a useful reference guide for service engineers to help understand the requirements of the F Gas Regulation 517/2014. The guide can be downloaded from the IoR here.

In the UK, FETA has issued Guidance on Risk Assessments for compliance with Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR), Issue 1 – March 2019. With the increasing use of refrigerants with various levels of flammability, it is important for the industry to understand how to comply with DSEAR. When originally written in 2002, DSEAR only applied to those refrigerants defined as flammable (hazard classes H220 and H221). This referred to refrigerant classes A2 and A3, but with the introduction of class A2L refrigerants they also come under the scope of this regulation. However, the regulation was amended in 2015 to include gases under pressure (hazard class H280), which means all classes of refrigerant are within the scope of DSEAR, and hence ALL refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) installations need to be compliant. Available at

In France, AFCE has issued guidance on replacing one refrigerant with a different refrigerant. It explains the issues to consider and the possible consequences both from a regulatory and safety point of view. The guidance points out that only equipment manufacturers can authorize or not the replacement of the original fluid with another fluid and often additional recommendations apply.

EHPA has issued a press release -The overlooked potential of heat pumps: the key-technology opening the door for the decarbonisation of the energy-intensive industry. On the 9th April 2019, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), in collaboration with SME Europe and DryFiciency, organised a breakfast debate on tackling the subject of “Industrial and Commercial Heat Pumps: the unpolished gem in Europe’s energy transition necklace”. The press release available here and the presentation are available to download.

Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet: New Documentary Tells the Remarkable Story of How Scientists Discovered the Deadly Hole in the Ozone – and the Even More Remarkable Story of How the World’s Leaders Came Together to Fix It. Available at

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