Brexit: former IOR president foresees HVAC&R industry slowdown

Jane Gartshore, a well-known figure on the UK HVAC&R scene and a former president of the UK Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), is uncomfortable about the country’s decision to leave the European Union. Speaking to shecco, Gartshore said, “I think in the UK – and I can only talk from a UK perspective – we will see a slow down in our economy, and that always has an effect on our industry”. Gartshore is uncertain how EU regulation will apply in the UK in future, particularly for the refrigeration industry, which is currently governed by various EU directives such as the Pressure Equipment Directive. Moreover, the necessity of continued trade with EU member states and the possibility of remaining a member of the European Economic Area will require the UK to continue to apply various EU regulations. “We no longer are involved in the setting of standards but we will follow them, which is unfortunate,” said Gartshore added. She expressed confidence that the UK would continue to apply the F-Gas Regulation, which has already been transposed into UK law – adding that the f-gas phase-down is being driven by end users as much as by regulation.   Source:  
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