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Refrigeration groups lobby for European policy makers to relax F-Gas targets

The refrigeration industry is working overtime to convince MEPs to row back on the targets set by the European ENVI committee last week

Refrigeration bodies throughout Europe such as ACRIB, BRA, EPEE and AREA say they are redoubling efforts to convince European policymakers that the proposals from the European Parliament ENVI Committee (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) agreed last week are too stringent. The bodies believe that compromise is needed to ensure that the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry does not bear the brunt of costs for an accelerated phase-down of HFCs and early new equipment bans in key sectors, from large refrigeration systems to air conditioning.

As it stands, the following key bans to equipment ‘placed on the market’ in Europe have been proposed:

  • Ban on stationary refrigeration equipment containing F-gases with GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2016 (except equipment intended for use at operating temperatures of below -50 deg C)
  • Ban on stationary refrigeration equipment containing any F-gases from 1 January 2020  (except equipment intended for use at operating temperatures of below -50 deg C)
  • Ban on stationary air conditioning equipment containing F-gases from 1 January 2020
  • Ban on for commercial refrigerators and freezers, containing HFCs with GWP of 2150 (down from 2500 in original Commission proposal from 1 January 2015 (instead of 2017).
  • Ban on commercial refrigerators and freezers containing HFCs in general from 1 January 2018 (instead of 2020 and original threshold of GWP removed)
  • Ban on AC equipment in cargo ships containing F-gases as of 1 January 2020
  • Ban on mobile refrigeration equipment containing F-gases from 1 January 2025

The ENVI committee has made amendments which appear to take energy efficiency into account when applying the ban but at the same time, it has tightened the criteria so it applies to total lifecycle emissions (see attached document).

For reaction from industry see the July issue of RAC magazine!

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