In November 2012 the European Commission proposed a revision of the F-gas Regulation to tighten its requirements. This followed a review of the adequacy of the Regulation, a public consultation in 2011 and a stakeholder conference in 2012 on options for strengthening EU measures to reduce F-gas emissions in order to contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy.
My post in 2013 is here.
The text of the new EU Regulation (as agreed by the European Parliament, the final stage) is here.
The new Regulation will reduce F-gas emissions by two-thirds of today’s levels by 2030 and ban the use of F-gases in some new equipment where viable climate-friendly alternatives are readily available.
The main change is the introduction of a phase-down measure which from 2015 will limit the total amount of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – the most significant group of F-gases – sold in the EU and reduce their quantities in steps to one-fifth of today’s sales by 2030.
This measure will be accompanied by a number of new restrictions on the use and sale of F-gases in equipment.
Tackling HFC emissions is also a priority of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), which was established in 2012 and of which the European Commission is a member. Also, the G8 countries have recognised the need to act on HFCs.
The new F-Gas Regulation will enter into force (and be immediately applicable through the EU) in May 2014.
Subscribers to the Cardinal Environment Tailored EHS Legislation Registers will have their websystems updated with the new EU F-Gas Regulation in May 2014.