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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT/COUNCIL AGREEMENT ON THE REVISION OF THE F-GAS REGULATION

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT/COUNCIL AGREEMENT ON THE REVISION OF THE F-GAS REGULATION

01.02.2014

The final agreed text for the F-Gas Regulation review was approved by Member States Ambassadors on 17th December 2013. It will be sent to the Parliament and Council for final approval.
EFCTC has released “Brief Notes on European Parliament/Council agreement on the revision of the F-gas regulation”

The Regulation establishes the following:

  • Cap and phase-down for the placing on the market of HFCs.
  • Bans or restrictions based on GWP of the use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, insulating foams and technical aerosols.
  • Conditions (for example, reporting on quantities of HFCs contained and the need for HFC import quotas) on the placing on the market of products and equipment containing or relying upon F-gases.
  • Future restrictions on servicing/maintenance of equipment using HFCs.
  • Rules regarding containment, use, recovery and destruction of HFCs.

The Regulation will apply from 1 January 2015.

The aim of the agreed regulation is to reduce F-gas emissions by two-thirds of today’s levels by 2030 and to encourage the use of viable and more climate-friendly alternatives where they are readily available.