European recognition for Refcom
Refcom, the UK register of companies competent to handle refrigerants, has received European recognition for its F-gas expertise from the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE). The EPEE is carrying out a study into F-gas regulations and requested case studies from F-gas authorities throughout Europe.
Refcom was the only certification body invited to contribute to the study, alongside government-approved rule makers.
The EPEE’s aim is to help Europe achieve its ambitious 2020 targets – 20% less CO2 emissions, 20% more energy efficiency and 20% renewable energy use in the European Union – by promoting the most efficient and sustainable refrigerant choices, and promoting energy efficiency in the HVACR sector by supporting EU policies.
Refcom was appointed in 2009 by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to operate a certification body under the stationary equipment provisions of the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009 No 261. In addition, Refcom continues to operate its voluntary certification scheme, Refcom Elite, which requires higher standards than those stipulated in the F-gas Regulations.
Refcom Secretary, Steve Crocker said: “We felt the higher standards were necessary to help Britain and Northern Ireland achieve its goals. It is for this kind of expertise and foresight, shown now for nearly 20 years that we were chosen to contribute our experiences from the UK F-gas market to the EPEE.
”We were able to help EPEE understand how we are GB & NI and not UK for F-gas and also how we are so different from all other EU countries in how we implemented and manage the F-gas regulation. As a result of this liaison I think Refcom has laid a solid foundation with EPEE for future collaborations.”