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Standards must rise if industry is to convince government, warns supply chain

Commitment to higher standards should go hand in hand with evidence that HFCs are more energy efficient than alternatives, urge delegates at summit strategy meeting

The refrigeration and air conditioning industry needs to raise its engineering standards and to prove it is doing everything in its power to contain leaks if it is to stand a chance of convincing the government not to ban HFCs.

This was the consensus at the summit of the F-Gas Works campaign from a group representing the whole supply chain and industry bodies.

Delegates agreed that a commitment to higher standards should go hand in hand with evidence that HFCs are more energy efficient than alternatives, in many circumstances, saving all important indirect emissions at the power station.

Delegates were confident that a body of evidence could be amassed showing the relative efficiency of HFCs in applications such as small to medium sized air conditioning units.

The industry was urged to look at the Dutch STEK scheme (see attached, right) as a role model for leak reduction.

Delegates felt that the individual registration of properly qualified engineers through a card scheme was the only way to ensure the high standards were met.

A ban on use of flare nuts was one of the proposals, since they have been shown to have a disproportionate contribution to leakage.

The group now is looking to discuss the potential impact of a ban on power station emissions with the Carbon Trust

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