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The Revised EU F-gas Has Been Published in the Official Journal of the EU

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The process of the revision of the EU F-gas Regulation concluded on Tuesday, March 20 with the release of the legal text in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The third version of the EU F-gas has been shaped by a variety of stakeholders during the past years, with the Clean Cooling Coalition playing an important role in representing the progressive side of the RACHP industry.

Notable improvements in this revised regulatory framework are the HFCs phase out and the introduction of bans on the whole class of fluorinated gases – whether HFCs or HFOs – in small-capacity air conditioners, heat pumps and chillers. Commercial refrigeration equipment will also need to to meet the 150-GWP target in the near term.

The addition of the 20-year GWP values is also considered a success: most of the fluorinated refrigerants in use are considered short-lived super-pollutants, and their heat trapping potential is much higher when assessed on a shorter timeframe than the 100-year. In addition, the issue of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is linked to fluorinated gases covered in the legislation. 

Finally, the Coalition members welcome the introduction of training and certification for alternatives to fluorinated refrigerants to streamline their adoption in the coming years.

Consult the legal text at this link: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L_202400573