Gluckman-F-gasUK: A refrigeration specialist heavily involved in the preparation of the F-gas regulations is behind a comprehensive series of free-to-download explanatory information documents on the new legislation.

While DEFRA recently published a full set of guidance documents to assist those struggling to come to terms with their responsibilities under the new regulations which came in on January 1, this new set of documents goes into much greater detail in an easy-to-access format.

The 30 separate documents have been produced by Gluckman Consulting in collaboration with DEFRA and consultants Jacobs.

They cover the impact of the new regulations on all end-user sectors as well as explaining the responsibilities of contractors, equipment manufacturers, refrigerant producers and wholesalers. There are also individual documents covering reporting, customer screening, training and certification as well as documents explaining the CO2 thresholds, the phase down, equipment bans, alternatives and the wider issue of flammability.

The man behind the series is Ray Gluckman who has played a leading role in the industry’s response to climate change. In the early 90s he wrote the watershed March Consulting report on UK refrigerant usage, which quantified for the first time the scale of leakage from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. A follow-up report, commissioned by the UK government in 1995, provided the first inventory of emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases.

Mr Gluckman also played a key role in F-Gas Support, the body set up by the government to assist the industry in implementing the F-gas regulation. Most recently, he advised the European Commission on the impact of proposed new regulations as part of the European-wide F-gas review.

His new company, Gluckman Consulting Ltd, based in Cobham, Surrey, provides companies, trade bodies, government and EU organisations with specialist advice and support in relation to the impact of refrigeration on the environment, and the implications of new legislation for the sector.

The documents can be viewed and downloaded here.