Press Releases

28 October 2022 Press Release

European policymakers, F-gas manufacturers and downstream users convene on new revisions to the EU rulebook

Brussels, 28 October 2022 – Following the publication of the European Commission’s proposal to revise the F-gas Regulation earlier this year, the European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC)...
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13 July 2022 Press Release

Pressure to stop the smuggling of HFCs increases

As one response to the rapid emergence of the illegal traffic of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs - or refrigerants) across the European Union, the European Commission has included HFCs as a priority in the n...
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25 May 2022 Press Release

EFCTC contribution to the ECHA Public Consultation on the proposed restriction of PFASs in fire-fighting foams

EFCTC has prepared a submission to the ECHA Public Consultation on the REACH restriction proposal of PFAS in fire-fighting foams to bring to the attention of the members of the ECHA RAC and SEAC that...
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06 April 2022 Press Release

EFCTC welcomes the European Commission proposal to reinforce the controls on F-gases

BRUSSELS, 6 April 2022 – The European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s proposal for a revision of the Regulation on Fluorinated Green...
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16 December 2021 Press Release

EFCTC welcomes the European Commission proposal to strengthen the protection of the environment through criminal law.

The European Fluorocarbon Technical Committee (EFCTC) welcomes the adoption of the proposal from the Commission on the revision of the Environmental Crime Directive (COM (2021) 851 final on 15 Decemb...
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02 December 2021 Press Release

The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) welcomes the report on Fluorinated greenhouse gases 2021 published today by the European Environment Agency.

The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) welcomes the publication of a new report by the European Environment Agency on fluorinated greenhouse gases. The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases 202...
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19 October 2021 Press Release

EFCTC submits detailed input to the second consultation for the proposed REACH restriction of PFAS

EFCTC has submitted detailed input to the second consultation for the proposed REACH restriction of PFAS aiming at helping the authorities compile complete and robust data sets to evaluate the possibl...
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10 September 2021 Press Release


EFCTC received a positive response from other associations and downstream users following its webinar on F-gases as PFAS held on 3 September 2021. EFCTC urged the participants to submit a response to...
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13 August 2021 Press Release

The contribution of HFCs and HFOs to global warming is well characterised irrespective of 100 years versus 20 years GWPs

The 20 year GWPs promoted by Shecco are not something that is new, and are discussed by EFCTC on its website in LEARN ABOUT… Selecting and Using GWP values for Refrigerants. This includes 20 year GW...
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15 February 2021 Press Release


EFCTC welcomes the decision on 10th February 2021 by the Federal Government of Germany to amend the German Chemical Act to prevent illegal trade in F-gases....
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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.
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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