Procedures for Maintenance of Air Cooling Systems Following the Kyoto Protocol.

Safe Disposal and Control of Fluorinated Green House Gases (F-Gases).

When carrying out maintenance on your air conditioning system, there are important legal responsibilities to consider. In particular, there is a responsibility to ensure the safe disposal and control of Fluorinated Green House Gases (F-Gases). F-Gases can contribute to global warming if released into the atmosphere. One of the most common forms of F-gases are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are mainly used as refrigerants in air conditioning systems and commercial refrigeration systems.

Maintenance by Global is a certificated Upper Tier Waste Carrier and Dealer, to facilitate the legal and safe disposal of refrigerants (certificate CBDU73767). We take reclaimed refrigerant to a certified disposal agency with information about the amount and where it originated. A certificate is obtained to demonstrate that it has been disposed of lawfully. This certificate is saved in the client's logbook.

HFCs are considered to be one of the fastest growing contributors to climate change and are therefore an important part of the Kyoto protocol, which is aimed at fighting climate change and global warming.

The Kyoto protocol Came Into Force in 2005.

In 2005, the Kyoto protocol came into force, setting targets for industrialized countries to reduce their green house gas emissions, including F-Gases. The European Union has been instrumental in shaping legislation in order to meet the targets of the Kyoto protocol, including the reduction of green house gas emissions by 8%.

The European Union introduced regulation EC 842/2006 with the overall aim of reducing the emissions of F-Gases through better containment, recovery and training of those working with F-Gases.

In Great Britain, the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations (commonly referred to as the F-gas Regulations) were put into place by DEFRA, implementing the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 842/2006. The F-Gas Regulations provide the framework and legal obligations and standards under which maintenance and inspection of your air conditioning system is carried out.

Maintenance by Global Servicing Policy and Leak Test.

To comply with EC 842/2006 and In regard to the maintenance of your air conditioning system, we recommend an annual major visit. During a major visit, routine maintenance is carried out in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations and our internal standard specifications of work, including chemical cleaning of the coil and a check of the condenser drain. Following routine maintenance, tests are carried out to ensure the correct operation of the unit and the results are recorded in your online logbook. In addition, we offer an interim visit dependent upon clients needs and the environment in which the system is installed. An interim is exactly the same as a major visit, except without the chemical clean of the coil and the checking of the condenser drain.

air conditioning systems containing 3kg - 29kg of an F-gas refrigerant must be leak-checked annually

It is a legal requirement under the F-Gas regulation that all air conditioning systems containing 3kg - 29kg of an F-gas refrigerant must be leak-checked annually, and at least every 6 months if the system contains more than 30kg. Although we recommend that even systems under 3kg are annually leak-checked.

We use three procedures for checking leaks; these are a pressure test, water spray or where appropriate a fluorescent test.

On-line Certification and Documentation.

Our "Log-Book Portal" provides you with a personal asset list for each premises, the portal displays any maintenance plans as well as service history. It is a requirement that all systems containing F-Gas should be included in an asset register with maintenance documents. The records must be accurately kept, include the weight, quantity and type of F-Gas contained in each system. To facilitate this process each asset we maintain is uniquely identified (tagged) with its QR code (Quick Response Code) a barcode that is a machine-readable optical label.

Competency and Minimum Engineers qualification.

Following the 2009 FGG regulations, Maintenance by Global holds a full F-Gas company certificate which demonstrates our competency in the handling and maintenance of systems which contain F- Gases. Not only do our engineers have vast experience, but they are fully trained in the correct handling, disposal and recycling of refrigerants, ensuring activities are carried out in accordance with F-gas legislation. Such training is a legal requirement, and engineers under take the City & Guilds Level 2 award, as a minimum, in F-Gas regulations (2079); a DEFRA recognised qualification for the safe handling of F-gases.

Europe and other Jurisdictions outside of Great Britain.

EU Regulation No 842/2006 has been fully implemented in many European countries, and we ensure compliance with each country's F-Gas regulations when working in Europe. Northern Ireland has introduced their own legislation with The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009. France has Decree N 737–2007 and Germany has the Ordinance on Climate Protection against Changes Caused by Release of Certain Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Chemikalien-Klimaschutzverordnung – ChemKlimaschutzV).

To arrange a quotation, contact us We are currently able to offer Log-Book Portal Managed Services to organisations with multiple establishments in European Union.