A common component in air conditioning systems will soon become illegal, forcing UK businesses across all industries to begin making plans to modernise their AC systems.
R-22, a colourless hydrochlorofluorocarbon, is the most widely used refrigerant in the world. But a European Community (EC) Regulation classified it as an ozone-depleting substance in 2000 and began phasing it out.
The use of ‘’virgin’’ R-22 in air conditioning systems was outlawed in 2010, with recycled R-22 remaining legal for maintenance purposes. But on 1st January 2015, the use of recycled R-22 will also become illegal. In anticipation of the total ban, many air conditioning manufacturers are already taking steps to reduce their costs by eliminating spares support for AC systems using R-22.
This seemingly arcane matter is of crucial importance for many UK companies; users of R-22 and other HCFC systems need to consider alternative refrigerants, or the purchase of new equipment.