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Recycling | Air Source Heat Pumps | 5% VAT | F-Gas Regulations | Enhanced Capital Allowance

Recycling

Recycling helps to protect the environment and conserve valuable resources. Some portable air conditioning units fall under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive 2002/96/ EC that came into force in 2007. WEEE sets out legal obligations for the end of life disposal of many different categories of electrical and electronic equipment.

The removal of refrigerants is controlled by the F-Gas Regulations detailed below.

We can arrange to dispose of and/or recycle air conditioning and refrigeration units that are no longer economically viable to maintain. Please contact us for details and costs.

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Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps eliminate the requirement for a heating system that burns fossil fuels, such as oil or gas. Consequently they can significantly reduce the CO2 emissions from your home or premises.

Heat pumps extract heat energy from the outside air (even at -20°C) and draw it inside. They are highly efficient, with 1kW of electricity consumption generating 3 - 5kW of renewable heat throughout the year, providing a highly cost effective and sustainable way to heat and cool both commercial and residential buildings.

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5% VAT

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the Government reduced VAT on heat pumps for domestic applications to 5% from 7th April 2005. The reduced rate only applies to the supply and installation of air source and ground source heat pumps to buildings that are either residential accommodation or used solely for charitable purposes. Strict guidelines apply and further details about qualification and a downloadable PDF can be found by clicking here to visit the HMRC. Alternatively contact us for further information and help.

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F-Gas Regulations

F-Gas is the term used to describe hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) - the gasses used as refrigerants in air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The gasses R134a, R407C and R410A all come under strict regulation to control their handling and ultimately reduce the ozone depletion that is caused by releasing them into the atmosphere. Klimate Services are certified by Refcom to handle equipment containing F-Gas Refrigerants.

Key Dates:

4th July 2009: Only certified, qualified personnel can take delivery of refrigerants covered by the F-Gas Regulations.

1st January 2010: No virgin HCFC can be supplied or used for servicing existing equipment.

4th July 2011: Personnel carrying out service, maintenance, recovery or leak checking on stationary refrigeration equipment containing refrigerants covered by the F-Gas Regulations, must have obtained one of the updated national qualifications.

1st January 2015: No recycled or recovered HCFC can be supplied or used to service existing equipment. This date is currently under review by the European Commission and may be brought forward to 2012 for industrial process refrigeration.

Key obligations already in force:

Refrigerant Leak Requirements:

System Refrigerant Amount 3kg - 29kg 30kg – 299kg 300kg +
Leak check schedule 12 months 6 months 3 months
Leakage detection system N/A N/A YES
Repair leaks promptly YES YES YES

All leakage checks must be carried out by certified competent personnel only.

Servicing, Maintenance, Disposal & Record Keeping:

  • Arrange proper refrigerant recovery by certified personnel during servicing and disposal
  • Maintain records of refrigerants and servicing including:
    • Quantity and type of F-Gases installed, added or recovered.
    • Identification of the company or technician carrying out servicing and details of the operator.
    • Dates & results of leakage checks, specifically identifying separate pieces of equipment containing 30kgs or more of refrigerant.

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Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA)

The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) is a Government scheme to encourage businesses to invest in energy-saving equipment and reduce their carbon emissions. An ECA qualifying installation not only includes the qualifying equipment but also all the design, transport and installation costs. These costs can then be claimed against pre tax profits in the first year. Further details can be found by clicking here and visiting HMRC, or contacting us for help and guidance.

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