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European Parliament hopeful of F-Gas decision by year-end

The European Parliament is hopeful that it can reach a decision with the Council of Europe in time to see new F-Gas regulations unveiled in 2013.

That was the view from the rapporteur for the regulations Bas Eickhout at the Atmosphere natural refrigeration conference this week. He said: “I have a good feeling we can close the negotiations this year, so that Europe can be shown to be leading and so that industry can have a clear signal.”

Mr Eickhout said that there were a number of points of difference but he was hopeful that the best compromise could be reached. He said that the phasedown schedule is the cornerstone of the Parliament’s proposal but he said that Parliament was keen to keep the pre-charge ban in place. He added that it was important to keep the ambition of the F-Gas proposals high and that the proposed service and new equipment bans on HFCs are seen by the MEPs as a key way of improving the environment while limiting the administrative burden.

The comments came in the midst of a consensus from delegates at Atmoshphere that decisions were being delayed as companies wait for a clear direction from the F-Gas Regulations.

Paul Alway of Marks and Spencer said: “The end-users share the frustration of the industry of not having certainty on F-Gas.”

See the forthcoming RAC November edition for the full the Atmosphere Natural Refrigerants conference review

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