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Environmental Code of Practice for Elimination of Fluorocarbon Emissions from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems

Strategic Planning

7.1 Strategic Planning for Existing Facilities Containing Chlorofluorocarbons
7.2 Goal
7.3 Refrigerant Inventory and Audit
7.4 Conservation Objective
7.5 Development of a Corporate Stewardship Policy
7.6 Establishing Priorities

Those who have facilities containing CFCs should develop a strategic plan to control, and in the long run eliminate their use. A good plan should also contain the elements necessary to assess, define short- and long-term action, and to ensure financial resources are available.

7.1 Strategic Planning for Existing Facilities Containing Chlorofluorocarbons

Those who have larger or multiple facilities containing CFCs should develop containment, phaseout, conversion, and replacement strategies. A good plan should have:

  • a policy statement giving direction and commitment;
  • a total inventory assessment;
  • an action plan;
  • a financial plan; and
  • an assessment and monitoring plan.

Eventually all end users will have to plan for their future needs when existing stocks of CFC refrigerants are no longer available or use is prohibited.

7.2 Goal

Elimination of all refrigerant emissions to the atmosphere and phaseout of all CFCs and other ODSs will ultimately lead to minimizing operating disruptions.

7.3 Refrigerant Inventory and Audit

Refrigerant inventory and auditing should include the following information:

  • refrigerant type - ozone-depleting potential (ODP);
  • refrigerant audit:
    • refrigerant presently in use,
    • refrigerant presently in storage,
    • consumption over the past five years, estimated consumption for next five years;
  • refrigeration/air conditioning equipment assessment based on equipment life cycle to determine retrofit versus new options; and
  • equipment inventory and audit:
    • model, age, type, manufacturer, and capacity.

7.4 Conservation Objective

Both short- and long-term containment is essential. Maintain equipment using the best available planned preventative technology to eliminate refrigerant emissions to the atmosphere. This will allow industry and end users time to manage the phaseout of

CFC and other ODS refrigerants in an environmentally sensitive way, using sustainable development concepts and values.

7.5 Development of a Corporate Stewardship Policy

Development of a corporate ethic that is committed to sustainable pollution prevention is essential for the future. A strategic plan for orderly transition from CFC and other ODS dependence to interim and alternative refrigerants should be based on the ethic.

7.6 Establishing Priorities

Priorities should be established for the order of phaseout, retrofit, or replacement of existing CFC and other ODS refrigerant systems using the following criteria.

  • First and most important, implement a containment program to ensure that all equipment leaks have been repaired.

Base your priority to retrofit or replace your equipment by selecting from the equipment with the highest to the lowest (ODP) that has historically leaked the most over the past five years first.

These systems should be retrofitted or replaced with systems that either use an interim or an alternative refrigerant that has the minimum possible effect on ozone layer depletion and global warming potential.

  • Generally, equipment more than 15 to 20 years old should not be converted but operated until obsolete.
  • Refrigerant must be recovered from equipment before its disposal. This refrigerant can be reclaimed by a third party for future use or recycled for use in the original owner's other equipment, as part of their phaseout strategy.