UK: DEFRA is reminding UK F-gas quota holders to register on a new online system to ensure current UK F-gas restrictions are maintained post-Brexit.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK businesses that produce or trade in these gases or products that contain them will have to register on the new system by November 14. This will replace the current system which controls emissions for all EU member states.
Regulations and supply will remain the same, meaning businesses can continue to operate as they do now.
DEFRA says the new system will enable the UK to continue its commitment to phase down the use of F-gas by 79% between 2015 and 2030 to combat climate change.
Environment minister Rebecca Pow said that the UK government was ensuring that environmental standards will be not only maintained but enhanced after we leave the EU.
“This online system is part of that commitment, and while we would prefer to leave the EU with a deal, it’s crucial that businesses sign up ahead of 31 October if we cannot reach an agreement.
“This is not only so they can continue to import F-gas, but also so that the UK can continue to phase down its use as part of the global fight against climate change.”
UK businesses which are already registered on the EU system will receive a reminder email from DEFRA about how to register. Other businesses can also register online and all are advised to register before October 31 so that they can continue to operate as normal from November 1.
DEFRA also advises businesses looking to secure an F-gas quota for the first time will need to wait until after November 14 before they can use their quota to import gas. Anyone registering after that date will not get a quota for 2019 or 2020.
UK businesses that import products containing F-gas or ODSs must also be authorised under the new UK system. Those exporting to the EU will need to set up an office in the EU or appoint an Only Representative to meet EU regulations.
F-gas accreditation and certification will remain the same. UK-qualified engineers will continue to be authorised to operate in the UK but not in the EU.
The online system can be accessed here.