Commission waters down F-gas Directive proposals

Proposals to revise the F-gas Directive and cut use of HFCs omit an earlier proposal to ban it in large industrial and commercial refrigeration

A ban on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in large industrial and commercial refrigeration equipment has been left out of European Commission proposals to revise the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas (F-gas) Directive.

The end-of-the-decade ban for equipment above 100 kilowatt capacity, featured in draft proposals leaked in October, was omitted from the final version published on 7 November.

The published proposals do, however, retain a HFC ban in hermetically sealed commercial fridge systems. This will apply from 2017 for HFCs with a global warming potential (GWP) of 2,500 or more and from 2020 for those with a GWP of 150 or more.

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