F-Gas Regulation Overview
The European F-Gas Regulation (842/2006), passed in July 2006, has the aim of reducing the environmental impact of fluorinated gases with high global warming potentials. This regulation is part of the EU’s efforts to meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. Under this regulation, refrigeration equipment is regularly audited to measure and record the leak tightness of equipment.
Based on these audits, the European Commission is currently in the review process for an update of the F-Gas Regulation.
Key goals of this review:
- Determine if the regulation has resulted in the desired reduction of emissions
- Evaluate if these measures have been cost effective
- Find out if new technologies are available that could contribute to a further reduction of emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases with a high global warming potential (GWP)
The European Commission has contracted the German consultancy Ökorecherche to make this assessment. The Commission has also requested an assessment of proposals for an international agreement for a cap and phase down of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) production and consumption. This agreement would fall under the Montreal Protocol.
A preliminary report by Ökorecherche was issued in October 2010 based upon surveys of environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs), industry and the national competent authorities. Since then, the preliminary report has been opened up to other stakeholders to help improve its accuracy because the input received had not been comprehensive. Meanwhile, the report has been amended. The report and the Commission Proposals will be debated in European Parliament and the Council. The legislative proposals will not be passed until the end of 2013.
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More information on F-gas regulation: http://www.epeeglobal.org/home/
European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) video featuring key information on refrigerants and fluorinated gases (F-gases): Watch Video