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The existing F-Gas Regulation will be repealed and substituted for this new EU Regulation.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.