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Fluorocarbons are used as feedstocks, as refrigerants, as solvents and as blowing agents for insulation plastic foams. The Sector Group’s main objective is to monitor the constantly changing legislation related to HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), PFCs (perfluorinated carbons) and SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride), CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), in the EU and at global level.

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  • The contribution of HFCs to European Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Each year, each member state of the European Union submits estimates of its greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations as part of its commitment to the Rio Convention. The most recent data were submitted in 2014 and cover the years 1990 to 2012. These numbers are added together by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to provide totals for the whole of the EU.
    29 Jan 2015 | Download (PDF, 80.96 kB)
  • The Role of HFCs in Long Term Climate Change

    There is ample evidence to show that HFCs have minimal (less than 1%) contribution to climate change at present. Furthermore, the records show that emissions of HFCs from developed countries have slowed in recent years.
    29 Jan 2015 | Download (PDF, 449.25 kB)
  • Trifluoroacetic acid - Latest update

    HCFCs and HFCs break down readly in the lower atmosphere to form simple inorganic species already naturally present in the environment. However, in a few cases the break down is expected to stop at trifluoroacetic acid, a naturally occurring substance which is apparently resistant to further degradation.
    29 Jan 2015 | Download (PDF, 77.22 kB)
  • Natural_refrigerants ?

    There is no real distinction between the processing required for any refrigerant, whether it occurs naturally in any useable form or is produced by chemical synthesis. They all require an industrial scale manufacturing process to meet quality specifications for refrigeration fluids.
    15 Jul 2014 | Download (PDF, 83.94 kB)
  • Future Radiative Forcing of Well Mixed Greenhouse Gases

    The Fifth Assessment Report of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is now available on the internet at As part of the study, the climate change impact from the anticipated release of greenhouse gases was evaluated.
    02 Jun 2014 | Download (PDF, 475.15 kB)
  • Global Temperature change Potential compared to Global Warming Potential

    Global Warming Potential (GWP) has been used to quantify and communicate the relative and absolute contributions to climate change of emissions of different substances, and of emissions from regions/countries or sources/sectors.
    02 Jun 2014 | Download (PDF, 112.76 kB)
  • EFCTC Notes on European Parliament/Council Agreement on the revision of F-gas regulation

    The final agreed text was approved on 17th December by the European Member States ambassadors. It will then be published and sent to the Parliament and Council for final approval. This will require a vote in the Parliament Environment Committee and then the Parliament plenary which will probably be in February or March 2014 and it will, afterwards, require approval by the European Council. Neither approvals are likely to be controversial – the vote in both is either “yes/no”; changes (other than legal corrections) cannot be proposed/made.

    20 Dec 2013 | Download (PDF, 226.13 kB)
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