In this round-up, a summary of EFCTC actions and initiatives, seizures of illegal HFCs and disposables and new UK guidance on refillable containers. EFCTC activities to combat illegal trade in HFCs have gained further momentum:
See the EFCTC website dedicated section on illegal trade for the latest information, news and press releases. https://www.fluorocarbons.org/illegal-trade-of-hfcs/
Seizures of illegal HFCs: GREECE: Authorities in Greece have seized over 23 tonnes of illegal HFC refrigerant found in a warehouse near Athens (See Cooling Post). POLAND: Environmental protection officers in Zielona Góra, western Poland, have reported the seizure of over 1,000 cylinders of quota-busting HFC refrigerant from China.(See Cooling Post). SPAIN: Eight people have now been arrested, and refrigerant valued at €500,000 recovered, after raids by police across Catalonia. (See Cooling Post). ITALY: Customs authorities in Palermo have intercepted a shipment of refrigerant, including HFCs and the banned HCFC R22, from Tunisia. (See Cooling Post).
UK Guidance on refillable containers: Refillable containers. You must sell F- gas in refillable containers if it will be used to service, maintain or fill refrigeration, air-conditioning or heat-pump equipment, fire protection systems or switchgear or as a solvent. You must take back containers from customers to refill them. Your containers are only classed as refillable if you have a process for customers to return containers to you for refilling. Issued on 21 August 2019 see UK guidance.