We must all promote the capacity of our own regions to operate in a good environment. This means sustainable use of natural resources and ensuring a comfortable and safe living environment.
The European Union’s environmental policy is based on precaution, prevention and the fight against environmental damage. Multiannual environmental action programs set out future action in all areas of environmental policy.
In particular, the global warming potential of VOC emissions and strong greenhouse gases and F-gases is high.
The aim of the authorities is to reduce the VOC emissions (Volatile Organic Compounds). They are harmful to health and cause an reduction of ozone in the atmosphere. Emissions can also be reduced by complying with the emission limit values mentioned in official regulations of the VOC Decree.
The aim of the new EU F-Gas Regulation is to gradually shift the refrigeration industry from F-gases to less environmentally harmful alternatives. The revised F-Gas Regulation entered into force on 1 January 2015. The global warming potential is expressed as GWP (Global Warming Potential).
At least 500 t CO2 eq. Equipment containing F-gas must have a leak detection system that alerts to the service company of the leak. The system must be inspected once a year and the service may be done in conjunction with other maintenance. 500 t CO2-eq. is, for example, about 349 kg for R-134a and about 127 kg for R-404A.
The use of gas monitoring equipment improves environmental protection and is used to monitor, for example, F-gases and volatile hydrocarbons (VOC = Volatile Organic Compounds).
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