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13.02.2014

The Revision of the F-Gas Regulations was approved by the The European Parliament’s environment commitee ENV

(Bruxelles) Now the proposal on F-gas regulations should be agreed by the Parliament in a Plenary session.
(Bruxelles) Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are a family of man-made gases used in a range of industrial applications. Because they do not damage the atmospheric ozone layer, they are often used as substitutes for ozone-depleting substances. However, F-gases are powerful greenhouse gases, with a global warming effect up to 23 000 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2), and their emissions are rising strongly.

The European Union has therefore taken action to control F-gases as part of its policy to combat climate change: in 2012 the European Commission made a proposal in order to cut F-gas emissions by two-thirds of today's levels by 2030.
In December 2013, representatives of the European Parliament and Council agreed on a slightly amended text based on the Commission's proposal.

The revision of the F-gas Regulation is now subject to the formal approval of the European Parliament and Council, after its approval by the The European Parliament’s environment committee ENV.

EHPA, The European Heat Pump Association has welcomed the decision of ENVI and they said: “Industry has high hopes for a quick finalization of the file, as this is a needed prerequisite for planning security, investment decisions and the direction of internal research and development programs”.

Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of EHPA
, is convinced that only a rapid solution about F-gases regulations will allow industry to start working about alternative refrigerants and he hopes that “European Commission will to back the transition to alternatives by earmarking funds in Horizon 2020 in order to support the use of low GWP refrigerants in heat pump related R&D”.

Also EPEE (European Partnership for Energy and Environment) has welcomed the decision of European Parliament’s environment committee.
Andrea Voight , Epee Director General said: “this legislation which will help industry move towards alternative solutions in a safe and efficient way. Reaching an agreement in First Reading provides our members with the regulatory certainty which will enable them to plan for the years ahead”.