Press Releases

22 October 2020 Press Release

EPEE celebrates its 20th anniversary – A message from the heating and cooling industry

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment, published a video with a compilation of messages from its members....
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16 September 2020 Press Release

EPEE Press release: We have to change the way we eat and heat

EPEE, representing the heating and cooling industry in Europe, applauds the revised greenhouse gas emission reduction target of at least 55% by 2030 announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today, as a major milestone towards carbon neutrality in 2050. With buildings representing 40% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, heating and cooling have a major role to play in achieving this target.
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07 July 2020 Press Release

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 July 2020 Press Release

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 June 2020 Press Release

Illegal Refrigerant Imports Could Be As Much As One Third Of EU Market

Brussels, 26 June 2020 – 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 b...
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19 May 2020 Press Release

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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06 May 2020 Press Release

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 April 2020 Press Release

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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11 March 2020 Press Release

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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26 February 2020 Press Release

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 February 2020 Press Release

Climate Efforts Hampered By Growing Black Market For Illegal Gases In The EU

Brussels, February 24, 2020 – 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 hel...
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14 February 2020 Press Release

EFCTC welcomes continued Commission action to enforce the F-gas Regulation

EFCTC welcomes the action by the European Commission to escalate the case against Romania for failing to adopt measures on penalties for breaches in the F-gas Regulation....
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29 November 2019 Press Release

Kroll – EFCTC seminar – Who is funding HFC Illegal trade?

EFCTC and its Investigation Agency, Kroll, held a seminar in London on 28th November to raise the awareness of the financial community on illegal trade in HFCs....
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21 November 2019 Press Release

EPEE Press Release- EPEE Committed to work together with the UNEP to raise awareness on sustainable cooling

During the United Nation’s 31st Meeting of the Parties (MoP), taking place this week in Rome, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), the voice of the refrigeration, air-cond...
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07 November 2019 Press Release

EPEE Press Release – How cooling can deliver on carbon neutrality and help avoid a climate crisis – #CountOnCooling

Today, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), the voice of the heating and cooling industry in Europe, publishes its white paper “Count on Cooling: A five-step approach to d...
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18 October 2019 Press Release

F-gas Roundtable: Commission stresses that tackling illegal trade is a major priority

EFCTC members participated in the F-gas Roundtable on 14 October in Brussels. Bente Tranholm-Schwarz, Deputy Head of Unit in DG Climate Action, concentrated her comments on illegal trade in HFCs stres...
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16 September 2019 Press Release

EFCTC stepping up actions against Illegal Trade in HFCs

Whilst many have taken their Summer vacations, the activities to combat illegal trade in HFCs have gained further momentum. Work has been consolidated on the valuable information received from over 15...
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02 September 2019 Press Release

Study for EFCTC shows big holes in Member State implementation and enforcement of the F-gas Regulation

The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) carried out an analysis of the legal implementation and enforcement of the F-gas Regulation 517/2014 in 12 Member States. The study performed by...
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13 August 2019 Press Release

EFCTC raises awareness of EU Automobile Service companies on the use of illegally imported HFCs

In response to rapid emergence of illegal traffic of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs- or refrigerants) across the EU, and in order to assist the EU and Member States, the European Fluorocarbons Technical Com...
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08 August 2019 Press Release

EFCTC Recognises eBay and other E-Commerce platforms for the Removal of 100 Illegal Refrigerant Listings

As part of its campaign to stem the flow of illegal refrigerants in Europe, EFCTC recognises the efforts by a number of e-commerce platforms including eBay, to identify and remove nearly 100 listing...
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23 July 2019 Press Release

EFCTC Recommends the destruction of seized illegal HFCs

The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) has issued a Position paper which analyses the options available to the authorities in Member States for the treatment and disposal of Hydrofluor...
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