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EC proposes steep HFC cuts and usage bans

EUROPE: The European air conditioning and refrigeration industry could face stringent cuts in HFC refrigerants and bans on common AC refrigerants in new EC proposals to strengthen the F-gas regulation.

Among the F-gas revision proposals, published today, the European Commission seeks to ban the use of HFCs with GWPs of 150 or more in new split system air conditioners and heat pumps of a rated capacity of up to and including 12kW from January 1, 2027. 

Also, from 1 January 2027, the proposals seek to ban the use of HFCs with a GWP of 750 or more in new split systems with capacities above 12kW.

Accelerated phase down

As recently revealed by the Cooling Post, the proposals also contain an acceleration of the F-gas phase down with stringent new cuts to the current quotas. The most immediate change is the possibility of a near 50% cut to the current quota in 2024. This would be followed by an even larger percentage step down in 2027 when, under the new proposal, the quota would be cut to just 10.01% of the baseline. 

The proposed accelerated phase down based on a 2015 base line of 176,700,479 tonnes CO2e

Training

As demanded by both industry and environmental groups, the revision proposals also seeks to include alternative refrigerants, like CO2 and hydrocarbons, within the F-gas training and certification process. The training process would also include attention to energy efficiency aspects.

Related stories:

F-gas revision promises steeper phase down13 March 2022
EUROPE: Proposals to accelerate the phase down of refrigerants under the European F-gas regulations could see the current allowable quota slashed by around 50% in 2024. Read more…

F-gas review considers ban on R410A9 May 2021
BELGIUM: A ban on the use of R410A in new stationary air conditioners and heat pumps is being considered under the review of the European F-gas regulation (517/2014). Read more…

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