On 20 May 2014, the EU’s Official Journal published Regulation 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases (“F-gases”), which repealed the former Regulation 842/2006. The new Regulation 517/2014 covers hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and other greenhouse gases that contain fluorine listed in its Annex I and contains provisions which aim to:
- Establish rules on containment, use, recovery and destruction of F-gases, and on related ancillary measures;
- Impose conditions on the placing on the market of specific products and equipment that contain, or whose functioning relies upon F-gases;
- Impose conditions on specific uses of F-gases;
- Establish quantitative limits for the placing on the market of hydrofluorocarbons.
The Regulation will apply from 1 January 2015. The Regulations aims to cut F-gas emissions by two-thirds of 2012 levels by 2030.
This Regulation can be accessed here