The revised F-Gas proposal has come in for criticism after claims that the changes over-complicate the regulation and burden the industry with increased financial cost.
Cedric Sloan, FETA president, said: “Despite the European Commission’s claims, the revision does not simplify the current regulation. The revisions extend the legislation and add further burdens, not simply on the RAC specialists, but on a much wider selection of industries across the economy.”
This sentiment was echoed by Mike Nankivell, ACRIB F-Gas Implementation Group chairman, who attended all the previous stakeholder meetings in Brussels this year.
“Clearly something happened since that meeting in February to persuade the Commission to change its attitude to phase down and even market prohibitions or F-Gas bans ahead of any International agreements.
“The published proposals are highly complex and will, if approved as it stands, represent significant additional expense for equipment owners and employers. Such over-regulation is contrary to UK Government objectives, in the face of less burdensome measures that can satisfy the European Commission’s Green.
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