F-Gas Regulation: Monitoring, Reporting, and Data Logging: Q&A

I understand that the industry will have to fulfil some sort of reporting requirements:

  • What are these?
  • To whom do I have to report?
  • What do I have to report?
  • What happens with the data I communicate?

Under the F-gas Regulation, currently only the keeping of records on the use of F-gases (charged into systems, recovered from systems, etc.) is required. These records have to be made available on request to the competent authority of the Member State and to the Commission. Details will be established by each Member State. You should contact the appropriate authority or trade association in your own country/region for clarification.

For the specific cases of manufacturers and importers of F-gases there are the following specific reporting requirements:

Every year, each producer, importer and exporter of fluorinated greenhouse gases must communicate to the Commission (and to the competent authority of the Member State concerned), by way of a report, the following data in respect of the preceding calendar year:

  • Each producer who produces more than one tonne of fluorinated greenhouse gases per annum shall communicate:
    • Their total production of each fluorinated greenhouse gas in the Community, identifying the main categories of applications (e.g. mobile air-conditioning, refrigeration, air-conditioning, foams, aerosols, electrical equipment, semi-conductor manufacture, solvents and fire protection) in which the substance is expected to be used;
    • The quantities of each fluorinated greenhouse gas that they have has placed on the market in the Community; and
    • All quantities of each fluorinated greenhouse gas recycled, reclaimed or destroyed.
  • Each importer who imports more than one tonne of fluorinated greenhouse gases per annum, including any producers who also import, shall communicate:
    • The quantity of each fluorinated greenhouse gas that they have imported or placed on the market in the Community, separately identifying the main categories of applications (e.g. mobile air-conditioning, refrigeration, air-conditioning, foams, aerosols, electrical equipment, semi-conductor manufacture) in which the substance is expected to be used; and
    • All quantities of each used fluorinated greenhouse gas that they have imported for recycling, for reclamation or for destruction.
  • Each exporter who exports more than one tonne of fluorinated greenhouse gases per annum, including any producers who also export, shall communicate:
    • The quantities of each fluorinated greenhouse gas that they have exported from the Community,
    • Any quantities of each used fluorinated greenhouse gas that they have exported for recycling, for reclamation or for destruction.

The exact format of the reports will be determined by the European Commission before 4 July 2007. The Commission will also take appropriate steps to protect the confidentiality of the information submitted to it.