The revised F-gas Regulation 517 (2014), repealing the former Regulation 842 (2006) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 20 May 2014.
It will enter into force 20 days after its publication, and shall apply from 1 January 2015. In addition to the legal text, the European Commission is now preparing the necessary implementing acts in order to make sure that the Regulation will be properly applicable by January. Additional national measures will be needed to implement, among others, its provisions on penalties for non-compliance.
The Regulation establishes the following main measures:
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 lower GWP alternatives where they are readily available.