The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has welcomed the agreement over the F-Gas regulation, saying it gives certainty to the industry moving forward.
In a statement the EHPA said: “The association supports a quick finalisation to give the heat pump industry legal certainty for the near future.
The final text is based on a phase down scenario that will reduce the amount of refrigerant to be placed on the market by 79 per cent. Apart from that, an additional ban applies to singlesplit air conditioners. EHPA believes that the phase down scenario is already strong enough and no further bans were necessary.
Nonetheless, the industry will continue its efforts to make heat pumps the most efficient heating and cooling technology using renewable energy. This will have to integrate new low GWP refrigerant alternatives.
As EHPA members have followed the revision of the regulation closely, they are in particular pleased that the policymakers have taken crucial points into consideration. This includes the sound definition of hermetically sealed equipment as well as the inclusion of pre-charged equipment in the phasedown via a traceability scheme (instead of a ban).
This will eventually be beneficial to efficiency and the environment. Thomas Nowak (Secretary General of EHPA): “We are happy about the trilogue compromise. It gives legal certainty to the heat pump industry, which can now start working on delivering its contribution to the phase down.”
As such EHPA hopes that the Plenary will and Council will follow this agreement and formally adopt the document in early 2014.”