The revised F-Gas Regulation No 517 (2014) has been published on May 20 in the Official Journal of the European Union. The text, which repeals the 2006 F-Gas Regulation, applied from 1 January 2015.
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EFCTC Summary of the F-Gas Regualtion No 517 (2014) 75 KB July 2015
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F-Gas Regulation Implementation and Compliance:
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F-Gas Regulation Implementation and Compliance
The Commission has published
in November 2015 four new implementing Regulations relevant to air conditioning, refrigeration, heat pump and electrical equipment sectors.
It defines the exact wording of the information to be included on labels (Article 12 (1) of the F-Gas Regulation (EU) No 517/2014.
New labelling requirements will apply to all products containing fluorinated greenhouse gases including equipment and containers, drums, road and rail tankers from 1st January 2017.
The wording is similar to existing labels but includes additional requirements such as CO2 equivalent values.
Harmonisation of certification across different Member States
Following inquiries by end users of low GWP Fluorocarbon solutions, EFCTC has received a clarification from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management on the regulatory position of HFOs. The uncertainty arose from the definition of HFCs in Ordinance BGBI. II Nr. 447/2002. According to this definition, HFCs are defined as ‘any organic compound that consists solely of Carbon, Hydrogen and Fluorine with a maximum of 6 Carbon atoms per molecule’, and therefore it theoretically could include HFOs. The Austrian Federal Ministry has now confirmed to EFCTC that ‘HFOs are not classified as fluorinated greenhouse gases“ – due to their very low GWP which is comparable to that of normal hydrocarbons.’ Consequently, HFOs are not subject to any of the use restrictions under the Austrian Ordinance.
It specifies essential information required to allow the authentication of a certificate or attestation to ensure it complies with the minimum requirements. This should be reassuring for those employing individuals who have gained their certificate in another Member State.
Minimum requirements for individual certification
Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2067
replaces Article 10 (12) of Regulation (EC) No 842/2006
and repeals Regulation (EC) No. 303/2008
.It updates the minimum requirements and conditions for the certification of technicians and companies in the stationary air conditioning, refrigeration, heat pump equipment and extends these to refrigerated trucks and trailers. It clarifies new obligations for refrigerated trucks and trailers, that have now been included in the new Regulation. It also formalises the requirements for the content of certification programmes to contain information on relevant technologies to replace or reduce the use of F-gases.
The Implementing Regulation applies only from 1st July 2017 to allow other Member States time to adapt their existing certification programmes. Existing Certificates issued under the original Regulation 842/2006 remain valid and re-certification is not required, unless the certificate issuer has put an expiry date on it.
Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2066
repeals Commission Regulation EC 305 (2008)
, is similar to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2067
, but addressing instead technicians and companies in the electrical equipment sector.
To ensure a smooth transition from the old regime to the new regime, Commission Regulations (EC) No 1497/2007, (EC) No 1516/2007
, (EC) No 304/2008, (EC) No 306/2008
, and (EC) No 307/2008
remain in force and continue to apply unless and until repealed by delegated or implementing acts.
The Implementing Regulations can be found in the Regulation Tab.
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