Air conditioning de-gassing prior to shipment of heavy equipment
Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
The Montreal Protocol is widely considered as the most successful environment protection agreement. The Montreal Protocol sets out a mandatory timetable for phasing out ozone depleting substances. This timetable has been reviewed regularly, with phase-out dates accelerated in accordance with advancements in scientific understanding and technology.
The Montreal Protocol sets binding progressive phase out obligations for developed and developing countries for all the major ozone depleting substances, including CFCs, halons and less damaging transitional chemicals such as HCFCs.
The Montreal Protocol targets 96 chemicals in thousands of applications across more than 240 industrial sectors. As a freight forwarder specializing in the shipment of heavy equipment, the main area of interest for Freightplus is the international phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and the compliance obligations of importers and exporters, shipping boats, heavy machinery and other equipment using the refrigerant, R134A.
The 196 countries which are parties to the Montreal Protocol reached a global agreement on phasing down HFCs, when they met in Rwanda in October 2016, to an international phase-down of 85 per cent of HFCs, intended to reduce HFC emissions equivalent of up to 72 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050, or the equivalent of well over a year’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
R134a is a single component HFC refrigerant (Tetrofluoroethane) commonly used for medium temperature applications such as air conditioning, so it has obvious relevance to Freightplus, as international freight forwarders shipping yachts, RVs and other air-conditioned equipment being shipped internationally.
Importers of air-conditioned heavy equipment, from mining and construction machinery, to boats and recreational vehicles – anyone importing heavy equipment into a Montreal Protocol Country, must either possess a special licence to import pre-charged equipment, or ensure the equipment is certified compliant before the shipment departs its origin country.
Importers of heavy machinery and other air-conditioned equipment into a Montreal Protocol country, who do hold a licence to import pre-charged equipment, are required to submit regular reports to their local governing authority.
Freightplus can produce the relevant report for any regular customer, quickly and free of charge, providing all the relevant information needed (only includes shipments handled by Freightplus).
For companies that do not hold a licence to import pre-charged equipment, it is imperative the air conditioning gases are fully evacuated, by an authorised technician, in compliance with the Montreal Protocol, and that the relevant certification is provided by the authorised technician, to that effect.
Freightplus’ extensive range of services includes competitively-priced R134A gas evacuation and certification.
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