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The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 aim to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), which are potent greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. The regulations set out requirements for the containment, use, recovery, and disposal of F-gases, as well as for the training and certification of personnel who work with these gases. The regulations apply to any person or business that produces, imports, exports, sells, installs, maintains, services, or disposes of F-gas equipment or products in Northern Ireland. The regulations also require these businesses to keep records of F-gas activities, and to report on their F-gas emissions annually. The purpose of these requirements is to help mitigate the environmental impact of F-gases and to promote the transition to low-carbon alternatives.
The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 require businesses that produce, import, export, sell, install, maintain, service or dispose of equipment or products containing fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) to keep accurate records of their activities. These records must include information about the quantities of F-gases purchased, sold, and recovered, as well as the location and identity of F-gas equipment.
The regulations also require businesses to report their F-gas emissions annually to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). This report must include information on the quantities and types of F-gases used, as well as the steps taken to prevent and minimize leaks, and any measures taken to recover and dispose of F-gases.
In addition to record-keeping and reporting requirements, the regulations also require that personnel who work with F-gases be trained and certified. This training and certification must be obtained from an accredited body and must cover topics such as safe handling, containment, and disposal of F-gases.
These evidence requirements aim to increase transparency and accountability in relation to F-gas emissions and to promote compliance with the regulations. They also provide a framework for monitoring and enforcing compliance by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 provide some exemptions, including:
1. Equipment containing less than 5 tonnes CO2 equivalent: The regulations do not apply to equipment that contains less than 5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent F-gases. However, businesses are still encouraged to manage F-gas emissions from this equipment to reduce their environmental impact.
2. Military equipment: The regulations do not apply to military equipment that is owned and operated by the Ministry of Defence.
3. Exported equipment: The regulations do not apply to F-gas equipment that is exported from Northern Ireland to another country, as long as the equipment complies with the F-gas regulations of the importing country.
It's important to note that these exemptions are subject to certain conditions and limitations. For example, businesses may still be required to keep records and report on F-gas activities, even if the equipment is exempt from other provisions of the regulations. Therefore, businesses are advised to consult the regulations or seek professional advice to ensure they comply with all relevant requirements.
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