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F-Gas Regulation : Bans for New Products and Equipment

F-Gas Regulation : Bans for New Products and Equipment

EU F-Gas Regulation Guidance Information Sheet 26: Bans for New Products and Equipment

This information sheet is aimed all organisations that purchase new equipment and products that could contain F-Gases. This includes end users of refrigeration, air- conditioning, aerosols, fire protection systems and insulating foams. It is also of relevance to companies that manufacture and sell such products. 

1. Background

This guidance is for organisations affected by the 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014). The F-Gas Regulation creates controls on the use and emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gases) including HFCs, PFCs and SF6. The 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation replaces the 2006 Regulation, strengthening all of the 2006 requirements and introducing a number of important new measures. The 2014 Regulation includes a number of bans on the use of F-Gases in new products. This Information Sheet summarises all the bans in the F-Gas Regulation.

A wide range of further guidance is available for other aspects of the EU F-Gas Regulation – see Information Sheet 30 for a full list and a glossary of terms.

2. New Product Bans in the F-Gas Regulation

The 2014 F-Gas Regulation includes 20 bans on the use of F-Gases in specific new products and new equipment. Bans affect the following markets:

  • a)  Refrigeration
  • b)  Air-conditioning
  • c)  Fire protection
  • d)  Aerosols
  • e)  Foam insulation
  • f)  Others (including windows, footwear and car tyres)

Nine of the bans were already in the 2006 F-Gas Regulation and were all in force by 2009. The 11 new bans come into force between 2015 and 2025.

The bans are specified in Article 11 of the Regulation and detailed in Annex III. Each ban is based on a product definition and a specified scope of F-Gases (e.g. HFCs with a GWP above 150). It is important to emphasise that the bans referred to in this Information Sheet are for new products and equipment.

Article 11 describes three exemptions to the bans:

1)  Military equipment (this only refers to specialised equipment such as tanks and aircraft)

2)  Eco-design: If the lifecycle emissions (including energy and F-Gases, established under Directive 2009/125/EC) are lower with a banned product, an exemption can be granted.

3)  Limited 4 year exemptions, where it can be shown that there are technical or safety issues.

Exemptions (2) and (3) require the agreement of the European Commission for each specific product. 

New Products and Equipment: F-Gas Ban Summary Table

1 All start dates from 2015 onwards are January 1st of year specified

2 This ban includes both refrigerant and foam blowing agent
3 This ban includes both refrigerant and foam blowing agent
4 Exemption for equipment cooling products below -50oC

5 The primary circuit of cascade systems can use an HFC with a GWP up to 1,500

6 Exemption where F-Gas is required to meet national safety standards

7 For entertainment and decorative purposes as listed in Point 40, Annex XVII, Regulation EC/1907/2006

8 Exemptions: (a) when required to meet national safety standards, (b) medical applications

This Information Sheet has been prepared by Gluckman Consulting in collaboration with the Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Jacobs

This document contains the best information available to date and will be updated as more or different information is made available. It does not seek to provide a definitive view on the legal requirements; only the courts can provide such a view. If there are uncertainties you should always refer to the text of the Regulation and seek qualified legal advice.

To find out more about Gluckman Consulting visit www.gluckmanconsulting.com

 

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