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HFC consumption and production to be phased down from 2019

A significant step towards reducing global warming was taken recently as the 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol reached an agreement to phase down HFC consumption and production from 2019.

The agreement aims to prevent 70 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent HFC emissions entering the atmosphere between 2020 and 2050, as part of a wider plan to reduce global warming by 0.5°C.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a type of man-made fluorinated gas (F-gas) used in applications such as electronics, refrigeration and air conditioning due to their high energy efficiency.

While F-gases have low levels of toxicity and flammability, their global warming potential (GWP) is relatively high and, if released into the atmosphere, can remain there for decades. For this reason, installation, maintenance and servicing of stationary equipment containing F-gas refrigerants can only be carried out by a qualified person.

To attain F-gas accreditation, engineers must complete a training course and achieve a qualification with either City and Guilds or the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), with re-certification required every three years.

As an F-gas-approved company, Gibbons Engineering Group can deliver a complete package of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) services in the industrial and commercial sectors, with clients fully assured of our competency, diligence and expertise.

To find out more about our F-gas accreditation, or for any other HVAC services enquiries, contact Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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