Reporting Refrigerant Production and Sales

Companies affected by this requirement.

Reporting requirements apply to producers, importers and exporters of F-Gases. You will need to report data if you produce, import or export more than 1 tonne of F-Gases per year.

The 1 tonne threshold applies separately for production, imports and exports.

Note that this definition applies to the "primary" company carrying out such an activity. For example, if your company is a wholesaler that is selling more than 1 tonne of refrigerant per year that was supplied by another company in your country, then the reporting rules do not apply.

What information must be reported?

The information requirements are as follows:

  • For producers,
    you must report (a) the total production of each F-Gas that your company produces in the Community, (b) identifying the main categories of applications in which the substance is expected to be used, (c) the quantity of each F-Gas placed on the market in the Community and (d) any quantities of each F-Gas recycled, reclaimed or destroyed.
  • For importers,
    you must report (a) the quantity of each F-Gas imported or placed on the market in the Community, (b) separately identifying the main categories of applications in which the substance is expected to be used and (c) any quantities of each used F-Gas it has imported for recycling, for reclamation or for destruction.
  • For exporters,
    you must report (a) the quantities of each F-Gas exported from the Community and (b) any quantities of each used F-Gas exported for recycling, reclamation or for destruction.

What is meant by "main categories of applications"?

Producers and importers are expected to identify the main categories of applications for which the substance that they are producing or importing is expected to be used. This is intended to be a "high level definition" as, in many cases, the producer or importer cannot know in great detail where their product will be used. The type of categorisation that is defined in the Regulation includes end uses such as mobile air-conditioning, refrigeration, air-conditioning, foams, aerosols, electrical equipment, semiconductor manufacture, solvents and fire protection.

Reporting periods.

You must report data for each calendar year. The data must be communicated to the Commission by the 31st March after the end of the relevant calendar year.

Who receives the reports?

You must send your reports to a representative at the European Commission and also the same information must be sent to the competent authority of the Member State concerned. The Figaroo website will provide more details about the relevant contacts in the Commission and Member States as these become available.

Implementation Date.

This requirement comes into force on March 31st 2008.