Refrigerant Gas Manager
Refrigerant leaks are one the highest maintenance expenses for organizations using or maintaining refrigerants. In addition to compliance, management of refrigerant is important from a cost perspective. For large organizations this product makes it easy to manage refrigerant gases.
- Refrigerant gas inventory and service technician management
- Refrigerant tracking summaries and automated reporting
- US EPA Clean Air Act (Section 608) record keeping compliance
- European regulation EC 842/2006 “Fluorinated Gases”
- AB32 reporting rule compliance for stationary refrigeration
Recording and understanding the use of refrigerants is an important part of managing the operations of an organization not only for cost containment but more importantly to remain in compliance of the EPA regulations. One person can oversee hundreds of locations and thousands of refrigerant systems.
Reasons to Consider Refrigerant Manager
The EPA requires every organization that uses refrigerants as part of its operation to be fully compliant with section 608 of the Clean Air Act. Many refrigerants are closely regulated, as they are deemed to be hazardous to the environment.
The EPA issues a heavy fine to any organizations that are found to be out of compliance. Due to the sheer volume of gases contained within many refrigerants and air-conditioning systems and the associated cost, a proactive approach to management can result in considerable cost savings.
Organizations Face the Following Challenges:
- Risk of noncompliance and increased attention from the EPA and the Department of Justice
- Waste of considerable amounts of refrigerant which add up to a major cost
- Lack of understanding or the ability to comply with Clean Air Act requirements
- Trouble establishing and maintaining detailed refrigerant records, i.e. amount and type used
- Pressure to compare their actual refrigerant usage against the annualized levels allowed
- Unaware of the equipment problems, required maintenance, or replacement needs
Refrigerant Manager Helps Organizations By:
- Providing a means to track all assets that use refrigerants
- Providing secured Internet access to a management tool via a simple web browser
- Monitoring refrigerant levels and generating warnings, reports, and notifications once user-defined thresholds have been breached
- Providing standardized and customized reports, including those required under section 608
- Identifying problems, tracking repairs, and helping to minimize the replacement of refrigerant
- Certifying technician activity and maintaining records in accordance with regulations
Delivering Quantifiable Value:
If a 100-store supermarket chain is responsible for 400,000 pounds of refrigerant and the average cost is six dollars per pound, this represents a $2.4 million inventory. Average leak rates can be as high as 25%, so reducing the leak rate through better refrigerant management could potentially save $120,000 per year.
Without a rigorous refrigerant management system, organizations are vulnerable to punitive fines imposed by the EPA and under the US Clean Air Act. These fines can easily add up to $37,500 per day, per system, with additional legal fees possible and a high potential for reputational damage. In the United Kingdom, the representative watchdog is allowed to impose potentially unlimited fines and even jail time for noncompliance.
Complimentary Brochure: Take the Next Step
To continue learning about Refrigerant Manager, please download our Refrigerant Gas Manager software and services information. Included in this complimentary brochure are additional best practices and produdct information related to EPA and FGAS compliance refrigerant tracking and reporting, cost reduction opportunities, and process improvements related to greenhouse gas emissions management.