The impact of EU regulations on your management of industrial refrigeration

The vast majority of gases used in industrial refrigeration systems have a strong impact on the deterioration of our ozone layer when released into the atmosphere. Aware of the environmental emergency, the international community signed in 1987 (Montreal Protocol) and in 1997 (Kyoto Protocol), the progressive ban on gases with a strong impact on the ozone layer. The protocol has been in effect since 2005, and CFC (ChloroFluoroCarbure) and HFC (HydroFluoroCarbure) gases are being phased out.

In order to achieve the objectives set out in the protocol, the EU is implementing in 2006 the European Regulation No. 842/2006 on greenhouse gases known as the F-Gas Regulation.

This is completely replaced by EU Regulation 517/2014, also known as F-Gas II regulation, which has been in effect since 1 January 2015.

In practical terms, the aim is to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by banning HFCs still used in industrial refrigeration systems.


Mandatory phase-out of fluids used in new refrigeration systems

The F-GAS II regulation aims to reduce fluorinated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2/3 by 2030. The list of gases to be removed by 2030 is by no means a surprise. Indeed, each refrigerant possess a  GWP  (Global Warming Potential) rating. The higher the GWP of a fluid, the more impact it has on  greenhouse effect.


  • Compliance with your industrial refrigeration management strategy by avoiding energy losses
  • Turnkey global support and follow-up for the integrity of your installations
  • Turning this part of your business into a financial opportunity

As experts in industrial refrigeration management, we help you prioritize and make the best decisions in compliance with European regulations.

Make sure you're in compliance by mastering your refrigeration management

European F-GAS II regulations require companies using refrigerant fluids to revise their cold management system, or face economic penalties (from 450 to 75,000 euros).

The criteria for compliance with F-GAS regulations are:

  • The nature of the fluid used
  • The quality of the installation

Helexia, accompanies you in all your fluid management issues (compliance, retrofit, etc.).


Increased frequency of checks on your industrial refrigeration installations

The compliance checks of your cold park depend, since the F-Gas II regulations, on the quantity of equivalent tonnes of CO2 of your facility.

Your new industrial refrigeration installations are subject to regulation

New installations will be prohibited if the refrigerant used has a higher GWP rating than is permitted under the F-Gas II regulation.

Restrictions on fluid refills

The recharging of your  installations with refrigerant will also be regulated.

As industrial refrigeration management experts, we help you to prioritize and make the best decisions in compliance with European regulations. You stay focused on your business, and we will take care of bringing your industrial projects to life.

Optimizing your industrial refrigeration systems with Helexia’s refrigeration system and energy audit

Do you want to install or make sure your existing refrigeration installation is compliant? Or implement a new source of cold production? Are you sufficiently informed about the F-Gaz II regulation and its impact on your image and finances?

Our engineering teams help you define your needs for your new installation projects and optimize your cold consumption to implement with you a winning strategy, and thus anticipate any energy losses.

Together, let's optimise your cold management.

  • Analysis of the existing or a new single or multi-site installation project
  • Determining the compliance of your cold fleet (regulatory and technical)
  • Refrigerant Monitoring Plan (Detection and leak alert)
  • Identifying and optimizing your consumption according to your real uses and needs
  • Define the action plan to optimize your consumption of refrigerant fluids.

Bringing your cold storage facility into compliance

At your side, our refrigeration  project managers are committed to the control, success and the upgrading of your refrigeration park. Indeed, Helexia in its capacity to assist in the mastery of the project:

  • Defines your needs based on your actual usage
  • Join forces together with your refrigeration managers by working in constant collaboration with them,
  • Recommends and advises you to upgrade your current cold park or new facility
  • Selects the most -suitable refrigerants for your needs, in accordance with regulations
  • Sets the budget and has financing capacity if you want to focus your investments on your core business
  • Follows your work and manages your project until it is ready to be delivered

Have the technical expertise you need at the right time

Management of fluids prohibited by regulation – Retrofitting

What to do with a refrigerant now banned by 2025 or 2030, when this fluid represents 100% of the fluid used in your refrigeration system? How do you turn the ban on using fluid into an opportunity for your business?

Helexia is 100% responsible for the reconditioning of the banned fluid, and is an expert in retrofit.

Indeed, combining its expertise on refrigeration systems and its knowledge of the European energy and environmental ecosystem, Helexia accompanies your company in the reconditioning of the fluids subject to prohibition by regulations while facilitating the retrofitting of your cold park with a clean refrigerant.