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ASERCOM hails F-gas deal as “useful compromise”

EUROPE: ASERCOM, representing European refrigeration component manufacturers, has hailed the new F-gas deal as a “useful compromise”.

Commenting on the provisional agreement reached today by the European Parliament and Council, ASERCOM president Marco Masini admitted that while there were still uncertainties as to the exact text, he welcomed some of the later bans and exemptions which the document is said to contain.

“We were a bit worried, mainly because of the unclear definitions and timing of the phase-out and ban of certain cooling applications. The later positioning of the bans and some openings for exemptions give our members enough time to develop the missing pieces for a safe and sustainable implementation of the European policy by OEMs,” he said.

According to ASERCOM, the agreement introduces a full ban on small (<12kW) monobloc heat pumps and air conditioning that contain F-gases with a GWP of at least 150 starting in 2027, and a complete phase-out in 2032. With regard to split air conditioning and heat pumps containing F-gases, the co-legislators agreed on a full ban starting in 2035, with earlier deadlines for certain types of split systems with higher global warming potential. 

Exemptions are provided for in cases where this equipment is needed to meet safety requirements. 

The provisional agreement also includes the possibility to release a limited number of additional quotas for heat pumps if the proposed bans were to endanger the attainment of the heat pump deployment target required under REPowerEU.

“It is a very important result that shows that the Council and the Parliament are listening to industry and citizens to achieve the common goal of decarbonisation without jeopardising social and industrial efforts,” Masini added.

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