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Certification of companies that perform certain services related to fluorinated greenhouse gases

According to Article 10 of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases, certain activities related to facilities containing fluorinated greenhouse gases ('F-gases') may only be carried out by companies with sufficiently qualified personnel, and having sufficient work equipment available. This includes the following activities:

  1. Installation, maintenance, servicing, repair or decommissioning of
    1. stationary refrigeration systems;
    2. stationary air conditioners;
    3. stationary heat pumps;
    4. stationary fire protetion equipment;
    5. mobile refrigeration systems in refrigerated trucks and trailers;
    6. electrical switchgears.
  2. Leakage checks of installations under items 1.a–e above.
  3. Recovery of F-gases in accordance with Article 8 (1) of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014.

For this purpose, any company intending to perform the above-mentioned activities in accordance with items 1.a–d applies for the issuance of a company certificate at the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.

Both, personal and company certificates issued in other Member States in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 are recognized as equivalent qualification as certificates issued in Austria.

Affected companies

Companies performing the following activities with fluorinated greenhouse gases:

  1. Installation, maintenance, servicing, repair or decommissioning of
    1. stationary refrigeration systems;
    2. stationary air conditioners;
    3. stationary heat pumps;
    4. stationary fire protetion equipment;
    5. mobile refrigeration systems in refrigerated trucks and trailers;
    6. electrical switchgears.
  2. Leakage checks of installations under items 1.a–e above.
  3. Recovery of F-gases in accordance with Article 8 (1) of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014.

Requirements

Companies that carry out activities with fluorinated greenhouse gases must ensure that these activities are carried out by sufficiently qualified personnel, and that all necessary tools and equipment are available to the certified personnel.

Deadlines

Each affected company (see above) must have a company certificate before beginning the above-mentioned activities. In the case of a start-up of such an undertaking and / or before the start of the activities for which a certificate is required, the undertaking must immediately apply for certification providing the necessary documents.

Competent authority

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The application form for certification of a company, available an the website of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (Bundesinnung der Mechatroniker) has to be completed and submitted by e-mail to the abovementioned office of the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism. Copies of the existing personal certificates must be attached to the application.

Procedure

  1. Submission of the application form and supplementary information by e-mail or letter to the Federal Ministry.
    1. If the prerequisites for certification are fulfilled, the Federal Ministry issues a certificate for the undertaking.
    2. If the prerequisites for certification are not fulfilled, the Federal Ministry issues an assessment notice. The undertaking concerned has the right to appeal to the Landesverwaltungsgericht Wien.

Required documents

An application must include the following information:

  1. Annual average of the number of persons employed by the undertaking in the regulated field;
  2. umber and names of certified persons employed by the undertaking, including copies of their personal certificates;
  3. A written declaration by the representative of the undertaking that the undertaking employs sufficient personal to cover all expected activities;
  4. Record of equipment and facilities built and maintained in the previous year.

Costs

The costs of € 6.50 are based on section 78 (1) and (2) of the General Administrative Procedures Act 1991 - AVG, Federal Law Gazette No. 50/1991 as amended in conjunction with tariff A (2) of the Federal Tax Ordinance 1983, Federal Gazette No. 24/1983 as amended.

Additional Information

A company certificate does not constitute an approval of operations under the commercial law! It only requires companies carrying out activities with fluorinated greenhouse gases to employ appropriately qualified personal and to obtain a certificate in accordance with EU obligations (see above). The objective of these qualification and certification provisions is to reduce or prevent emissions of F-gases to the atmosphere.

Application form

The application form is available at the website of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (only in German).