The Review process
The F-Gas Regulation Review
The Review Process
The principle objective of the F-Gas Regulation is to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of
F-gases (HFCs, PFCs and SF6) in all their applications, except Mobile Air Conditioning, covered by the Directive 40 (2006).
The current Regulation focuses mainly on the containment and end-of-life of products and equipment using F-gases, but the EU Commission considers that additional measures must be implemented to achieve a reduction of F-gas emissions in absolute terms, in order to contribute to the EU target of reducing the emissions of all greenhouse gases by 20 % in 2020.
- Consequently, as mandated by Article 10 of the F-Gas Regulation: "By 4 July 2011, the Commission shall publish a report based on the experience of the application of this Regulation", the EU Commission has launched the review process, looking first at the effectiveness of the current Regulation and to the revision of its provisions, with the aim of reducing F-gas emissions and to contribute to the EU climate targets, essentially by looking at the production and uses of HFCs.
- On 26 September 2011 the Commission published its Review report COM (2011) 581 on the F-Gas Regulation's impact across Europe, its application, effects and adequacy, based on the results of a consultant report for the Commission.
- Following the review report, the Commission launched a consultation, inviting stakeholders to comment on possible options for strengthening the Regulation that was closed on December 2011.
- A Stakeholders meeting followed on the 13 February 2012, and the summary of the responses was published on the 24 April 2012, with following comments :
“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.
SKM Enviros study - Phase Down of HFC Consumption in the EU – Assessment of Implications for the RAC Sector (Executive Summary)