Legislation


F-Gas Regulation Update March 2014

On 12th March 2014 the new F-Gas regulations were adopted as proposed by 644 votes to 19 with 16 abstentions by the Plenary session of the European Parliament. The vote supports the text that was approved on 18th December 2013 after extensive negotiations.

F Gas Regulation Update March 2014
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F-Gas Regulation - update

After extensive negotiations, an agreed text was approved on 18th December 2013.
 
It will be published and sent to the Parliament and Council for final approval.  This will require a vote in the Parliament Environment Committee and then the Parliament plenary which will probably be in February or March 2014.  It will, afterwards, require approval by the European Council. Neither approvals are likely to be controversial.  It is anticipated the new regulation will take effect from 1st January 2015.

F Gas Regulation   update
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F-Gas Regulation - proposed amendments

On the 7th November 2012, the European Commission published its plan to revise European Regulation 842/2006.  This text relates to fluorinated gases and proposes a certain number of future measures for refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and renewable energy professionals, particularly the phase-down of HFCs.

F Gas Regulation   proposed amendments
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MAC Directive

Only refrigerants with a GWP less than 150 can be used in new vehicle types from 2011.  A derogation allowing continued use of 134a ended on 31/12/2012.

From 01/01/2017 all new vehicles must use a refrigerant with a GWP of less than 150.

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Hazardous Waste Regulations

The Hazardous Waste Regulations have been in place in England and Wales since 2005, with some minor modifications in subsequent years.  Under these regulations CFC, HCFC and HFC refrigerants are classified as Hazardous waste when they are recovered from a system. http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/34904.aspx

Hazardous Waste Regulations
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HCFC Refrigerants / F-Gas

 The use of HCFC refrigerants such as R22 was banned as of 1st January 2010, but it is still possible to top up systems with reclaimed product and in some cases recycled product until the end of 2014.

HCFC Refrigerants / F Gas
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HFCs

These are primarily covered by the F-Gas legislation and place a number of legal requirements on end users, contractors, engineers, producers and suppliers.

HFCs
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