The Public Consultation

The Public Consultation

Results of the public consultation on reducing fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions – further action at EU level (extracts)

24 April 2012
The online consultation received 261 responses, 63% of which came from registered stakeholder organisations, while 37% of the respondents identified themselves as individuals.

Respondents overwhelmingly agreed that the current state of play is unsatisfactory. Stakeholders were, however, divided on the most appropriate action to take.
In the absence of global action on fluorinated gases, stakeholder organisations preferred better containment and recovery from fluorinated gas appliances, followed by voluntary agreements and a phase-down approach based on quantitative limits for placing fluorinated gases on the market. Public administrations, NGOs, manufacturers of alternative equipment and individual respondents indicated that bans would also be appropriate. Many respondents considered a package of measures to be desirable. Only 2% of all respondents considered that "No further action" was necessary.
Different responses within industry appear to reflect the diverse application of fluorinated gases (e.g. in air-conditioning, foams, heat pumps and refrigeration) and the various types of commercial activities involved (e.g. chemical producers, equipment manufacturers, service companies and industrial users of equipment). Some industrial players expressed concerns regarding their competitiveness if a strengthened approach is implemented; others - including administrations and companies offering alternatives - saw opportunities and benefits for green growth in a shift away from fluorinated gases.
A detailed analysis is available in the summary [1.06 MB] of the responses.


Consultation on reducing fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions – Further action at EU level

Target group(s) - All European citizens, organised stakeholders, industries, institutions, NGOs and public authorities of EU countries are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Period of consultation : From 26 September 2011 to 19 December 2011

Objective of the consultation : This consultation seeks to collect opinions on the need and possible actions to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fluorinated gases.
How to submit your contribution

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