During the Montreal Protocols OEWG 38 in Vienna (Austria), the French association ADC3R (Association des distributeurs, conditionneurs, récupérateur et retraiteurs de refrigerants : distributors, conditioning, recovery and recycling operators) presented in a side event the French end of life management system for fluorinated refrigerants, considered unique internationally, which involves all stakeholders in the supply, collection and recycling chain.
By compiling available data, starting in 1993 with a voluntary approach, covering at the beginning CFCs, then HCFCs, and finally HFCs, the quantities of refrigerants recovered and recycled have been assessed. Transposing these quantities into tonnes CO2-equivalent showed that the French recovery management system has been able to avoid the emissions of an estimate 45 M tonnes CO2-equivalent between 1993 and 2013.
French authorities intend to improve and intensify their commitment to reducing emissions of fluorinated refrigerants throughout the supply chain, with the objective to reach by 2030 the amount of 68 M tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions avoided.
The analysis relates only to France, as Europe data compilation attempts proved unsuccessful until now.
Source (in French): laRPF.fr (in French)