The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board’s (ACRIB) F-Gas Implementation Group has slammed the European Parliament environmental committee’s decision to strengthen F-Gas requirements.
In a statement it said: “There was never much doubt that the European Parliament’s environmental committee would wish to support far more stringent revisions to the F Gas Regulation than are necessary, but we really should be able to rely on such a body to act in a manner that is environmentally responsible.
They have chosen instead to ignore factual global industry advice and normal protocol in an attempt to set the scene for measures that will, if accepted, have very serious, if unintended consequences, that neither the security of our environment nor the European economy can afford.
The refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry responded positively to the F Gas Regulation that is in place and it has proven to be effective.
Our industry fully accepts that revisions are needed and has been preparing for this, however the industry is also expected to comply with many other regulatory requirements, particularly relating to energy efficiency.
Despite claims of green lobbyists, HFC–free alternatives are certainly not ready or remotely suitable in many crucial applications.
Even where alternatives are or could be technically feasible there are very real and worrying issues concerning reduced energy efficiency, safety, lack of available skill sets and high costs which cannot be resolved in the timescales proposed.
Regrettably, those who have been making false and misleading claims regarding the suitability of HFC alternatives have managed to influence the ENVI Committee.
For the next stages in the process, which involves negotiations with the Council, ACRIB must ensure that the wide-ranging and harmful consequences of premature bans, as opposed to a market based cap and phase down, are fully appreciated by legislators.
ACRIB continues to emphasise the critical importance of a legislative framework that supports energy efficient, safe and reliable refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump technologies for the future.”
For more industry reaction see the July issue of RAC magazine!