Deal reached to curb F-gases
The European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement on new EU legislation aimed at curbing climate-damaging F-gases (fluorinated greenhouse gases). European Parliament rapporteur Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA) welcomed the agreement as a “vital addition to the EU’s arsenal of measures to tackle climate change”
F-gases have a potent warming effect, of up to 23,000 times that of CO2. They are used in refrigeration, air conditioning systems, heat pumps and as blowing agents. Eickhout said “The EU phase-down of these gases, will ensure a reduction of almost 80% from the sector by 2030. It includes a ban on the use of F-gases in new commercial refrigeration from 2022, as well as other bans. These rules will stimulate innovation in the sector and be of immediate benefit to the numerous innovative European companies already leading in the cooling sector by stimulating demand for natural refrigerants."
The Commission first proposed changes to current legislation covering F-gases in November 2012. The legislation will now be formally confirmed by a vote in the European Parliament, as well as by EU governments in Council.