According to Cooling Post, a simple search on eBay and refrigerants in illegal disposable cylinders (a container banned in Europe for over ten years) are available right at your fingertips.
Cooling Post note that “It is not known whether the refrigerant has been imported outside of the quota system but it is clearly avoiding UK customs inspections and policing by the Environment Agency.”
High GWP refrigerants have soared in price in Europe and the UK in recent years meaning individuals are exploring other avenues for attaining these refrigerants. The current lack of formal regulation of the F-Gas regulation has brought a ripe opportunity for illegal sales.
The pricing for these illegal cylinders bring significant savings in comparison with reputable suppliers. However, there is concern that these illegal refrigerants may have a negative effect on refrigeration units, not to mention the environment.
Worryingly, Cooling Post note that “…the current higher prices, globally, might encourage a reappearance of the dangerous counterfeits which caused a number of deaths in 2011.”
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Source: Cooling Post
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