All refrigeration dryers that are imported, manufactured, operated, maintained, repaired and disposed of in the EU are affected if they require fluorinated greenhouse gases for their operation. Typical refrigeration dryers currently available in the marketplace use, as a rule, fluorinated hydrocarbons (HFC) as refrigerant. These are classified as fluorinated greenhouse gases.
This position paper classifies refrigeration dryers for compressed air and inert gases as stationary refrigeration systems as defined by the Regulation. It rates refrigeration dryers as refrigeration systems designed for trade and industrial use. The requirements for the placement on the market of household refrigerators and freezers or installations for commercial use are not applicable to refrigeration dryers.