18896235_lBRUSSELS: Next Monday, December 16, is the date that has been set for a fourth trialogue meeting on the F-gas revisions.

This fourth meeting between the European council, representing the member states, the European parliament and the presidency, is a last ditch attempt to reach an agreement and prevent a delay of at least a year.

EPEE, representing the heating, cooling, refrigeration and heat pump industry in Europe, welcomed the news.

“Our members need regulatory certainty to be able to continue investing in safe, efficient, lower GWP technologies. A swift agreement before the end of the year will give the right signals to industry”, said EPEE’s Andrea Voigt.

The last meeting broke down at the end of November amidst rumours of a walk-out by green MP and rapporteur Bas Eickhout. The main sticking points appear to be the severity of the phase-down schedule and product bans.