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ELVES launches F-Gas training pilot project

ELVES, the compliance scheme for End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs), has launched its pilot programme of Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) Training for Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) in its Network.

The removal of air conditioning gasses from scrap cars is part of the depollution process when a vehicle arrives at an ATF. In addition to being required under the ELV Regulations, the gases to be removed include F-Gases (Fluorinated Greenhouse gases), and so are also governed by the F-Gas Regulations. The F-Gas Regulations stipulate recognised training is required for those that undertake this step in the depollution process.

To support ATFs in its Network in meeting their air conditioning compliance obligations, ELVES says it is offering free Level 5 – F-Gas Handling in Mobile Air Conditioning Systems 5N0106 training to ATFs in its Network.

The training will be provided through Limerick and Clare Education Training Board, with the first classes expected to commence in late May.

The training offered by ELVES under the pilot programme is Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) accredited, important as much past training provision in the area was provided by UK accredited training providers.

Since Brexit, UK accredited training is no longer recognised under the European F-Gas Regulations. Until the end of April, those with existing UK accredited qualifications can apply to the EPA for recognition of these attestations under the Irish system.

The Mobile Air Conditioning training pilot provided by ELVES aims to ensure all ATFs in the ELVES Network have up-to-date qualifications in the removal of air conditioning gases. Helping ensure air conditioning gas removal is done safely and efficiently and in compliance with the regulations.