Responsible use of HFCs

EFCTC supports and encourages the responsible use of HFCs to minimise emissions. This requires a range of actions by all those involved in the production supply and use of HFCs. The reduction in the emissions of HFCs contributes to the EUs objective to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions.

Non-CO2 emissions, including fluorinated greenhouse gases, should be reduced by 72 % to 73 % by 2030 and by 70 % to 78 % by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. If based on the reference year 2005, a reduction in non-CO2 emissions of 60 % to 61 % by 2030 is required.

The responsible use of HFCs is now underpinned and enforced by a range of measures including:

  • The F-Gas Regulation 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases,
  • Directive 2006/40/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 relating to emissions from air-conditioning systems in motor vehicles and amending Council Directive 70/156/EEC,
  • Directive 2012/19/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) – recast,
  • Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on End-Of Life Vehicles,

This legislation ensures the responsible use of HFCs through measures to minimise leakage, ensure recovery during servicing and maintenance and at end-of-life, implement certain use and placing on the market bans and provide for a phase-down of HFCs that can be used in the EU. In addition, the Framework Directive for Ecodesign requirements for energy using products (EuP) has resulted in bonus schemes based on the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of refrigerants.