F-gases are mainly used in the heating and cooling sector, making them a necessary tool for the EU to fulfil its Green Deal contract with future generations. Heating and cooling represent half of the total final energy consumption in Europe and the sector must decarbonise rapidly through the growing use of electrical heat pumps. F-gases are needed to accommodate the full variety of heat pump applications as well as their safety and energy efficiency.
EPEE has been a long-time supporter of the EU’s 2014 F-Gas Regulation. Delivering tangible emission savings year after year since its entry into force – the highest of all non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions – the EU’s 2014 F-Gas Regulation has been an effective gold standard for regulating F-gases, positioning the EU as a global leader. The 2021 revision of these rules must focus on fine-tuning the existing requirements in an intelligent, forward looking way without falling in the trap of dogmatic decisions.
Relevant legislation & policies
The EU adopted its current F-gas Regulation in 2014, which replaced the 2006 Framework.
With the introduction of a cap- and phasedown of 79% by 2030 the legislation fundamentally changes the way industry can use HFCs. How? Find out more in our FAQ!
EPEE supports the F-gas rules and have pledged to all we can to make them a success. The European Commission is currently reviewing the F-gas rules to ensure the framework’s alignment with the common 2030 and 2050 climate targets under the European Climate Law. A proposal for the revised regulation is expected by the end of 2021. EPEE actively monitors the situation to ensure that voice of the European refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector is heard in the process.
Explaining the F-gas Rules
Our F-gas bookshelf
See all our documents of Refrigerant section
EPEE is fully committed to ensuring the proper implementation of the new EU F-gas Regulation (EU) 517/2014.
We have therefore prepared a number of explanatory materials, translated into various languages, and have also compiled other relevant guidelines from the EU Institutions and other key sources.
UK Ministry of Environment (DEFRA) Guidelines
EPEE Member Guidelines