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EC officially adopts F-Gas regulation

The European Council has announced it has adopted the proposed revisions to the F-Gas regulation, which will see a reduction in HFC emissions by two-thirds by 2030

In a statement, the EC said that the move will create business opportunities for EU companies on the market for alternative technologies, as well as protecting the environment by reducing emissions of F-gases via phase-downs and bans on certain refrigerants.

The regulation introduces a phase-down mechanism involving a gradually declining cap on the total placement of bulk HFCs (in tonnes of CO2 equivalent) on the market in the EU with a freeze in 2015, followed by a first reduction in 2016-2017 and reaching 21 % of the levels sold in 2009-12 by 2030.

The Regulation will apply from 1 January 2015.

The regulation also introduces bans on the placing on the market of the following products:

–        domestic refrigerators and freezers containing HFCs with a global warming potential (GWP) of 150 or more as from 1 January 2015;

–        refrigerators and freezers for commercial use containing HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020, and containing HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2022;

–        stationary refrigeration equipment that contains or relies upon for its functioning HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020;

–        centralised refrigeration systems for commercial use with a capacity of 40kW or more that contain or rely upon their functioning, fluorinated gases with a GWP of 150 or more, from 1 January 2022;

–        movable room air-conditioning appliances that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2020;

–        single split air-conditioning systems containing less than 3 kg of F-gases that contain F-gases with a GWP of 750 or more from 1 January 2025;

–        foams that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more, extruded polystyrene from 1 January 2020 and other foams 1 January 2023; and

–        technical aerosols that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2018.

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