The F-Gas (or Fluorinated Gas) principal objective is to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of f-gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol.
This regulation will make a significant contribution towards the European Community’s Kyoto Protocol target by introducing cost-effective mitigation measures and to prevent distortion of the internal market. The main focus is on containment and recovery of f-gases, together with harmonised restrictions on the marketing and use of f-gases in applications where containment of f-gases is difficult to achieve or the use of f-gases is considered inappropriate and suitable alternatives exist.
- 1 April 2008 - New Products and new field assembled systems containing HFC have to be appropriately labelled when they are first placed on the market.
- 9th March 2009 - GB F Gas and ODS Training Regulations came into force, naming the new qualifications and confirming that operatives holding an existing qualification City & Guilds 2078 or valid CITBJ01 by this date would be considered to be temporarily with an interim certificate - allowing them until July 2011 to update their qualifications to the new standard.
- 4 July 2009 - Companies who employ operatives who undertake activity within the scope of the F-Gas Regulations must have obtained a Company Certificate to continue to carry out this work.
- 1 January 2010 - Under the EC (ODS) Regulation 2037/2000 No virgin HCFC can be supplied or used for servicing existing equipment
- 4 July 2011- Personnel carrying out service, maintenance, recovery or leak checking on stationary refrigeration equipment containing refrigerants covered by the F Gas Regulation must have obtained one of the updated national qualifications (C&G 2079 or CITB J01)
- 1 January 2015 - Under the EC (ODS) Regulation 2037/2000 No recycled or recovered HCFC can be supplied or used to service existing equipment.