Revised EU legislation reminder on use of HFCs as refrigerants

The revised F-Gas regulation, which came into force in January 2015 is now beginning to have an impact on the UK marketplace. The 2014 Regulation replaces the 2006 F-Gas Regulation, strengthening all of the pre-existing requirements and introducing a number of important new measures. The 2006 MAC Directive, defining further controls related to cars and other small road vehicles, remains in force.

The aim of the regulation is to reduce F-Gas emissions by two thirds and to encourage the use of viable and more climate-friendly alternatives. As a result, the regulation introduced a quota system to limit and control the amount of HFCs that can be placed on the market in all applications. For the aftermarket, this particularly impacts the supply of 134a gas, used as the refrigerant in mobile air conditioning units (MACs) on cars, LVs and CVs. From 1 January 2018, this phase down represents 63% of 2015 levels and will decrease down to 45% in 2021.

At the same time, use of 134a gas in new vehicles was banned from 2017 and replaced with 1234yf which has a significantly lower global warming potential. This new gas is not subject to the F-Gas regulation.

Full details of the legislation can be found on the website of IAAF member Harp International

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