Countdown to the R22 ban in the Hospitality Industry

From 1st January 2015, the use of all R22 refrigerants will be banned; R22 refrigerant is a HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon), which damages the ozone layer if emitted. Equipment containing R22 can continue to be used beyond this date, but R22 cannot be used for maintenance or servicing.

As a member of the hospitality industry, you should consider the potential impact of the R22 ban on your business and take steps to ensure that any business-critical equipment, such as food storage and display units, is retro-fitted with an alternative gas or replaced before that date.

Your refrigeration and air-conditioning contractor will advise you on the best options for your equipment and your hotel, restaurant or pub. Only use qualified contractors that hold company certification. Ask to see your contractor’s company certificate.

Please note any refrigerant gas recovered from equipment on your premises is considered a hazardous waste and must be managed accordingly.Substances which damage the ozone layer are controlled by European and Irish legislation. The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of this legislation and monitors compliance on an on-going basis.

Further information is available on the EPA webpage:  or by contacting the EPA on Lo Call 1890 33 55 99 or
DOWNLOAD EPA Flyer Does your business have refrigeration or air conditioning systems that run on R22? [pdf, 213kB]