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F-Gas Passes Final Regulation Hurdle

It has come as no surprise that the Council of the European Union has passed the revision to the F-gas regulations. This final adoption of the legislation by the Council follows the agreement reached at the first reading with the European Parliament last month in March 2014.

The decision was effectively "rubber-stamped" without discussion at a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held on April 14th.

The Regulation, therefore comes into force on 1 January 2015, and will impose various restrictions including certain new equipment and service bans highlighted in earlier news. The timetable remains the same, noted as:

  • Domestic refrigerators and freezers containing HFCs with a global warming potential (GWP) of 150 or more as from 1 January 2015;
  • Refrigerators and freezers for commercial use containing HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020, and containing HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2022;
  • Stationary refrigeration equipment that contains or relies upon for its functioning HFCs with a GWP of 2500 or more from 1 January 2020;
  • Centralised refrigeration systems for commercial use with a capacity of 40kW or more that contain or rely upon their functioning, fluorinated gases with a GWP of 150 or more, from 1 January 2022;
  • Movable room air-conditioning appliances that contain HFCs with GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2020;
  • Single split air-conditioning systems containing less than 3kg of F-gases that contain F-gases with a GWP of 750 or more from 1 January 2025;
  • Foams that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more, extruded polystyrene from 1 January 2020 and other foams 1 January 2023; and
  • Technical aerosols that contain HFCs with a GWP of 150 or more from 1 January 2018.


Click HERE for the final FGAS version.