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10.07.2020

Refrigerants subject to the F-Gas Regulation 517/2014 – June 2020

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07.07.2020

EFCTC welcomes the publication of the combined evaluation roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment to revise the F-gas Regulation

EFCTC welcomes the publication on 30th June 2020 by the European Commission of the “Combined Evaluation Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment” (Ref. Ares(2020)3402178 - 29/06/2020) to inform and ena......

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03.07.2020

Over one thousand illegal HFC cylinders seized in port of Rotterdam

Dutch customs and environmental enforcement authorities and OLAF have recently stopped a large shipment of 1,150 illegal HFC cylinders in the port of Rotterdam only a few days after EFCTC released new......

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26.06.2020

Illegal refrigerant imports could be as much as one third of EU market

Europe’s climate goals are being undermined by a thriving black market for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The exact size of the market is unknown, but a new database created by Oxera Consulting LLP shin......

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24.06.2020

Guidance on Confiscated HFCs and EU Waste Regulations

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24.06.2020

T1 TRANSIT PROCESS IN ILLEGAL HFC TRADE

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19.05.2020

EFCTC welcomes additional science on HFC and HFO breakdown products

EFCTC welcomes the new paper by Prof. Cora Young and her team recently published in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper adds to, and reinforces, the extensive scientific work that has been carried......

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18.05.2020

EFCTC Comment on recent paper “Ice core record of persistent short-chain fluorinated alkyl acids: Evidence of the impact from global environmental regulations”.

EFCTC welcomes the detailed and informative paper reporting on “Ice core record of persistent short-chain fluorinated alkyl acids: Evidence of the impact from global environmental regulations1”. T......

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06.05.2020

EFCTC Steps Up Fight Against Illegal Trade Of HFCs

Brussels, 6 May 2020 – As illegal trade in HFCs (hydrofluorocarbon gases) continues to flourish across Europe, the European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) has today launched a dedicated m......

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15.04.2020

New Kroll findings reveal how illegal imports of HFCs continue to enter EU

Brussels, 15 April 2020 – New findings from corporate investigations firm Kroll provide evidence on how large quantities of illegal imports of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbon) gases are still entering the E......

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02.04.2020

Transport of naturally occurring trifluoroacetic acid – TFA – by sea salt aerosol

Abstract: The concentrations of trifluoroacetic acid and its salts (TFA) observed in air and rain at a time (1990s) when the introduction of TFA into the atmosphere, either directly or through decomposition of fluorocarbons was insignificant, were about two orders of magnitude larger than expected from fluorocarbon decomposition. Additional sources, substantially larger than the known anthropogenic sources, are needed to explain the historically observed environmental concentrations of trifluoroacetate in rain and surface waters. The world’s oceans constitute a significant TFA reservoir (estimated at over 200 Tg) and the generation of sea salt aerosol by mechanical action of wind on the sea surface is well known. It is postulated that this provides a mechanism for transportation of significant quantities of TFA over considerable distances, further even than sea salt aerosol. This represents a variable background concentration of TFA in the environment that supplements any generated by decomposition of fluorocarbons....

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11.03.2020

EFCTC welcomes EU’s industrial strategy and proposed enforcement actions

The European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) today welcomes the launch of the European Commission’s Industrial Strategy and within it the Long-term action plan for better implementation an......

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02.03.2020

EFCTC Position: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. HFCs and HFOs a distinct subset

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances ("PFASs") covers a broad range of substances that have in common that they contain at least one perfluoroalkyl moiety. More than 4000 individual substances have been identified which have very different (eco)toxicological and physical properties. ...

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26.02.2020

Enforcing the EU F-Gas Regulation, what can Member States do?

This paper explores the tools that Member States have, or can create, in the context of the EU-F-Gas Regulation. The legal base of the EU F-Gas regulation is article 191(1) of the Treaty on the Functi......

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24.02.2020

Climate efforts hampered by growing black market for illegal gases in the EU

There is a growing black market for illegally imported HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) gases. Illegal HFCs are brought into Europe outside of defined quotas set in place to help combat climate change through......

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