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Illegal Trade of refrigerants leaflet

As part of a broader communications campaign, four leading associations in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) sector – EPEE, AREA, ASERCOM and EFCTC – have joined forces in an unprecedented effort to call upon European installers to support the fight against illegal trade of refrigerants and buy refrigerants from safe sources.

To this end, the associations have developed a leaflet for installers highlighting the risks illegal trade of refrigerants entails.

Download the brochure


EPEE leaflet French

EPEE leaflet Polish

EPEE leaflet Portuguese

EPEE leaflet German

EPEE leaflet Dutch

EPEE leaflet Italian

EPEE leaflet Slovak

EPEE leaflet Spanish

EPEE leaflet Czech

EPEE leaflet Turkish


EFCTC : Illegal Imports of HFCs into the EU: Why Now? & Actions to Identify, Detect, Prevent, Penalise, Prosecute

  • Why now? The evidence of Illegal Imports
  • Identifying Illegal Imports
  • Measures and Actions to help prevent illegal trade in HFCs
  • Summary of Possible Actions to fight illegal trade
  • The broad Impact of Illegal HFC Imports on the F- Gas Regulation
  • A brief History of illegal trade in ODSs and HFCsDownload:

2019 08 14 EFCTC Illegal Trade of HFCs Why



Illegal Imports of HFCs have been estimated at 20% of the HFC cap in 2018, mainly of the most widely used refrigerants R-134a, R-410A and very high GWP R-404A. For some Member States with external land borders, such as Poland, illegal imports are estimated to account for 40% of demand. Where HFC taxes apply, there is an impact on tax revenue generated by Member States, as illegal imports will not be subject to applicable taxes. This unfair situation will reduce demand for legally sourced HFCs that would be subject
to tax.

Read more: The Broad Impact of Illegal HFC Imports on the F-Gas Regulation


Council of the European Union

Better enforcement of the EU phase-down for hydrofluorocarbons – Information from the Commission

Delegations will find in the Annex an information note from the Commissin (Environment) meeting on 5 March 2019.

March 5 Council AOB on HFCs



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J.P. García Espinosa – The Chemours Company (In Spanish)