Climate efforts hampered by growing black market for illegal gases in the EU

Climate efforts hampered by growing black market for illegal gases in the EU

24 February 2020

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 help combat climate change through the EU F-gas Regulation. This regulation entered into force five years ago this year and is targeting a 79% reduction of F-gas use by 2030, with the intended effect of stimulating the transition to alternative solutions.