The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has hit back at manufacturers’ association EPEE, after it voiced cost concerns over potential changes in F-Gas policy.
With the next trilogue on the F-gas proposal having taken place this week, which will ultimately contribute to the final changes in F-Gas policy, the EIA believes that the RAC industry is protecting its own interests by resisting change.
In a statement it said: “Everyone knows that when industry says something is realistic it basically means business as usual. That is no longer acceptable. It is time for EPEE to get ‘real’ about the need to get rid of HFCs. There is overwhelming evidence that new equipment bans are not only technically and economically feasible, but make good business sense and contain the legal certainty that industry, including many EPEE members, are looking for.
The 72 billion euro figure being bandied about by EPEE is highly questionable given that the cost and energy factors used have been supplied by a small number of EPEE companies who are dependent on the HFC industry.
Just to take one example, the study claims that a 2020 ban on new supermarket refrigeration equipment will cost 1.6 billion euros, even though natural refrigerants in this sector are state of the art and costs are already close to parity with HFC equipment even without the scale of production that would come with a ban.
EIA urges all stakeholders to work towards a first reading agreement, and we would urge EPEE to use its powerful lobby to encourage Council to return to fact-based policy making.
All stakeholders need to read the writing on the wall: reaching a compromise that includes bans is in European environmental and economic interests, and the only way to get the deal done.”