The so-called “Gapometer” aims to define a route towards a successful phase down of HFCs in Europe and will identify the biggest risks of gaps between supply and demand.
EPEE is very much committed to supporting the implementation of the EU F-Gas Regulation and its ambitious phase-down objectives. This is why the Gapometer is so important, as it shows what needs to be done to achieve the phase down goals and identifies potential pitfalls -and opportunities – across Europe.
The F-Gas Regulation is applicable in Europe, but actually it will have far-reaching consequences for international companies who will need to abide by its provisions when operating in Europe.
Why is the EU F-Gas Regulation so important?
Since 2006 the EU has undertaken concrete and ambitious action to support international moves to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions, notably through the introduction of an EU F-gas Regulation.
This F-gas Regulation was recently amended with to further reduce F-gas emissions, and an ambitious phase-down of HFCs will see a decline in their consumption by 79% and consequently a fall in their emissions by 2030. The EU is the first region in the world to take such far-reaching steps to reduce F-gas emissions.
The new requirements introduced by the F-Gas Regulation affect the whole HVAC industry chain. That is why it is important to raise industry awareness on the new requirements and make sure they undertake all necessary actions on time.
What is the 'Gapometer'?
EPEE developed the idea of a “Gapometer” project to define a route towards a successful phase down and identify the biggest risks of gaps betweenphase-down requirements and reality.
Independent consultants are supporting EPEE in developing this project, which is based on a forward-looking approach, showing what needs to be done in order to achieve the phase-down goals and identifying the main risks of gaps between supply and demand.
The final objective of the “Gapometer” is to raise awareness with industries and decision-makers at EU and national level about the potential obstacles to achieving the phase down goals, and hence take all the necessary measures to ensure successful implementation.
What are the different phases of the Gapometer?
Phase 1 of the project aims at developing a roadmap based on assumptions (from the 2012 SKM study commissioned by EPEE) to assess what needs to be done to achieve the phase down goals.
Phase 2 has been undertaken and involved comparing this roadmap with reality by gathering data to assess the potential “gap” and provide solutions to fill it, with the objective of reaching the phase-down goals.
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