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EPEE welcomes revision of F-gas rules

The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), representing the heating and cooling industry in Europe, has welcomed the European Commission’s F-gas Regulation revisions.

In a statement, the association said: “EPEE fully backs the Commission’s pledge to introduce a phase-down mechanism.

Combined with a further strengthening of the existing F-Gas regulation by for example including the sector of transport refrigeration, it will steer the heating and cooling industry along a path to eliminating HFCs with a high GWP where feasible from a health and safety, energy efficiency, technological and economic perspective.

Andrea Voigt, Director General EPEE said: “If we are serious about reducing emissions, then we need a measure that leaves the choice open for selecting the best solutions for each and every application, everywhere in Europe.”

“There is no perfect refrigerant. With this in mind, we fully support the Commission’s intention to gradually phase-down HFCs.”

Based on findings of a study carried out by SKM Enviros, EPEE estimates that a cap and phase-down mechanism of 30 per cent in 2020 and up to 65 per cent in 2030 will achieve the EU’s climate objective and the required emission reductions of 70 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent within the framework of the low carbon roadmap.

It agrees with the conclusions of the Commission’s own research that a phase-down is the most cost-effective measure to reduce emissions.

The new F-Gas Regulation proposal will now go into Co-Decision procedure where EU Commission, EU member states and EU Parliament will have to come to an agreement.

Discussions are expected to be lively considering that the cap and phase-down mechanism is extremely ambitious and that the proposal also contains some HFC bans.

EPEE calls upon all stakeholders to remain realistic and to make sure that health and safety, energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness will not be jeopardized by the new rules. In the interest of achieving legal certainty at the shortest notice, EPEE encourages the Council and EP to reach final agreement in a single reading.””

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