Revision of the F-Gas regulationClimalife UK
On 5 April 2022, the European Commission presented legislative proposals relating to air pollution and climate change, including a regulatory proposal revising EU Regulation N° 517/2014, more commonly known as F-Gas II, on fluorinated greenhouse gases.
The proposal by the commission aims to accelerate technological change to meet the EU's climate and energy objectives. This legislative proposal for the revision of F-Gas will be translated into all official EU languages. Discussions between the different bodies of the European Commission and the stakeholders will start in order to reach a final text to be voted on in the first quarter of 2023.
The main changes compared to the current version are as follows:
- Phasing down the use of HFCs and PFCs extended to 2050 to be in line with the timetable proposed by the Kigali Amendment.
- Change in allowances such as:
- Reference value of quotas.
- Metered dose device included.
- Quotas to be paid for.
- Removal of some additional exemptions and bans for placing new equipment on the market (Annex IV) compared to the current F-Gas, for example:
- On heat pumps.
- Removal of the "commercial refrigeration"distinction.
- Removal of the exemption for themaintenance of installations < 40 teq CO2.
- On electrical switchgear.
- On cosmetic products.
- Cross surveillance of the European market by the European authorities and traceability.
- Fight against illegal products.
- Extension of the scope of the F-Gas Regulation, for example:
- Certification and recovery of HFOs.
- Training on alternatives.
- Promotion of the use of recycled and reclaimed products.
Have your say: the deadline for comments on the proposed revision of the F-Gas Regulation has been extended to 20 June 2022. Every stakeholder can comment.