More Technical Notices (UK Brexit Preparedness)

The UK has today issued further Brexit Preparedness Notices. The existing online location is updated – here.

Please note particularly :

(1) CE marking – in the “Labelling products and making them safe” group

(2) Driving

(3) BAT standards – in the “Protecting the environment” group

(4) F-gases and ODS – in the “Protecting the environment” group

(5) The three Notices in the “Travelling between the UK and the EU” group

(6) Oil and gas activities – in the “Regulating energy” group

(7) European Works Councils in the “Workplace rights” group (already issued)

Any questions, please email me.

New F-Gas Regulation is here (EU)

My last post in April on this EU Regulation is here.

The new F-Gas Regulation (No 517/2014) is here. This applies from 1st January 2015, and from this date the existing EU F-Gas Regulation (No 842/2006) is repealed.

Three elements initially stand out:

(1) a longer list of Annex I controlled fluorinated gases,

(2) additional equipment to be leak tested (Article 4),

(3) a lower threshold for leak testing that operates after two years (Article 4).

Subscribers to the Cardinal Tailored EHS Legislation Registers will be Email Alerted nearer the time, and I will post additional posts here on further aspects of this important new EU Regulation.

New F-Gas Regulation (EU)

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.

EU F-Gas Regulation (HFCs) Query

Update: Enactment is now expected March 2014. The latest draft may be viewed here.

New EU Regulation is proposed (to replace the existing F-Gas Regulation and cap the total placement of bulk HFCs, in tonnes of CO2 equivalent, on the market in the EU).

The existing F-Gas Regulation will be repealed and substituted for this new EU Regulation. The current provisions of the F-Gas Regulation will continue, adjustments will improve implementation and enforcement by national authorities. Some containment measures will be extended to refrigerated trucks and trailers.

The main new aspect is to freeze the placement of bulk HFCs on the EU market in 2015, followed by initial reduction in 2016, to reach 21% of the levels sold in 2008–11 by 2030.

In particular, the cap mechanism proposes:

(a) new entrants to be permitted;

(b) free quotas to be allocated to companies based on past reporting data, with a reserve for new entrants;

(c) quotas to be transferable;

(d) compliance checking to be the following year, with independent verification of reports;

(c) small quantity exemption to be available.

Recharging of existing refrigeration equipment with a charge size over 5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent with HFC of very high GWP (>2500) will not be permitted from 2020 onwards. The view is there will be more adequate and energy efficient drop-in refrigerants of lower GWP widely available on the market.

Here is the EU law-making procedure file, which identifies March 2014 the next date.