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Members of the EU working with the agreement of the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer banned the use of HCFC including the use of equipment requiring these refrigerants. Up until the end of 2009 it will still be legal to use it to service air conditioning equipment. However, it was decided that from the 1st January 2010 virgin HCFC used for RAC will be illegal, even if it was obtained before the ban date.
Current users of HCFC systems will have to develop a plan to manage operations without it by December 2009, although use of recycled / reclaimed HCFC can still be used until 1st January 2015.
In order to minimise the disturbance to operations, it is essential for plant owners to draw up a phase out plan. There are 3 options:
The phase out plan should:
The criteria to determine which solution to apply can be based on the following factors:
Remember there are already regulations that require you to:
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