CALCULATION OF CARBON DIOXIDE EQUIVALENT OF A QUANTITY OF F GAS
You need to find out how to express the mass of a fluorinated greenhouse gas (F gas) in terms of CO2 so that you comply with EU regulations on F gases.
Some EU requirements for fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gases) have size thresholds.
The size thresholds are expressed in terms of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) equivalent.
That takes into account how much a gas contributes to global warming, relative to carbon dioxide.
You calculate the carbon dioxide equivalent of a quantity of F gas by multiplying the mass of the gas (in tonnes) by the gas global warming potential (GWP)
You’ll usually find the mass of an F gas expressed in Kilograms (Kg) on product labels etc. To convert the mass to tonnes divide by 1000.
The amount in tonnes of CO2 equivalent is the mass (in tonnes) of F gas multiplied by the global warming potential (GWP) of that F gas.
The global warming potential of HFC 404a is 3922. Therefore the tonnes CO2 equivalent of 10Kg of HFC404a is calculated as follows :-
The operator and the company that services it must keep detailed records of equipment checked for leaks
(i.e. any equipment that contains F gas equivalent to more than 5 tonnes of CO2)
You must also record if the gas used in the equipment has been recycled or reclaimed.
You must keep records for 5 years and make them available to government officials if they ask for them.
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