Verifying leakages and recovery of ozone depleting substances or fluorinated greenhouse gases

Verifying leakages and recovery of ozone depleting substances or fluorinated greenhouse gases is implemented by an authorised service provider who checks the reported equipment containing at least 3 kg of ozone depleting substances or fluorinated gases. Equipment operator is in charge of reporting the equipment.

Ozone depleting substances are gases that harm the stratosphere of the ozone and are mainly no longer in use, because they are prohibited. These substances can still be present in older equipment, critical use is still permitted in the military, aviation, the police.

Fluorinated greenhouse gases are a group of gases containing fluorine. This involves greenhouse gases that retain heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.

VERIFYING LEAKAGES OF OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES OR FLOURINATED GREENHOUSE GASES

Verifying leakages of ozone depleting substances or fluorinated greenhouse gases is performed for:

  • immovable equipment for cooling and air-conditioning and
  • for heat pumps as well as built-in fire extinguishing systems with gases and fire extinguishers.

The entity verifying leakage issues a certificate on performed verification of leakage.

RECOVERY OF OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES OR FLUORINATED GREENHOUSE GASES

Recovery of ozone depleting substances or fluorinated greenhouse gases is performed for:

  • immovable equipment for cooling and air-conditioning and for heat pumps,
  • immovable equipment containing solvents,
  • built-in extinguishing systems with gases and
  • fire extinguishers and high voltage switching mechanisms.

The recovery operator issues a confirmation on the recovery of ozone depleting substances or fluorinated greenhouse gases.

The obligation of verifying leakages and recovery applies for immovable equipment that operates or is temporarily not used, and for new equipment immediately after the start of use.


Conditions and evidence

Responsible: Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning | Last updated: 17. 08. 2016