Defra releases progress report on F-Gas from UK point of view and announces intention to meet industry in March or April
Defra has released a progress report on the UK government’s response to the F-Gas proposals, which has been passed to RAC by ACRIB. Although it contains little that hasn’t already been made public by European bodies, the document does disclose the UK government’s understanding of when the legislation will come into force. It also announces that Defra intends to explain the UK position going forward at a meeting with industry stakeholders in March or April.
The document states the UK position thus: “The UK Government supports in principle the further proportionate regulation of the use of F gases and the broad approach taken in the draft Regulation. We support a phase down in availability of HFCs, along with other elements that encourage and support the move towards more climate friendly alternatives to F gases where technically and economically feasible alternatives are available and where their use would result in lower overall greenhouse gas emissions. We believe that the Commission’s proposal as currently amended will fully support UK’s objectives, providing an ambitious, proportionate and achievable Regulation.”
Although timescales have yet to be published, Defra says it expects the new F-Gas regulations to come into force in January 2015.
The full document is enclosed for those who wish to examine the detai, along with a reminder of the key dates for bans.