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According to European legislation (regulation on Ozone Depleting Substances – EC 1005/2009), the R22 refrigerant is not prohibited in your cooling installation. According to the regulation, 'use' for new construction and service purposes is prohibited (Article 3). Refilling and replenishing installations with the R22 refrigerant falls under 'use' and therefore is prohibited.
This means that existing R22 installations may continue to run, but no operations with the refrigerant may take place outside the installation.
In the event of a leak, your installation is likely to fail for an extended period of time and can jeopardize the continuity of your business process. The refrigerants R401A, R402A, R408, and R409A are mixtures and contain R22 in addition to HFCs. These mixtures, therefore, fall under the same rules as for R22.
If you have a cooling installation that is refrigerated with R22 or R12, you have four choices:
To make the right choice, it is important to include several factors in your consideration. Such as the age, the number, the state of maintenance and the cooling capacity of your installations.
The government can visit you for an inspection of your R22 cooling installation. The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (IL&T) of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management supervises compliance with legislation. The IL&T has already visited companies with R22 cooling installations to check whether the legally prescribed leak detection checks are being complied with. The IL&T also checks for refilling and replenishing of R22 installations. You are required by law to cooperate with IL&T inspections.