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EU Policy Update on Refrigerants ATMOSPHERE 2009 19-20 October 2009, Brussels Marios Avraamides European Commission.

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1 EU Policy Update on Refrigerants ATMOSPHERE October 2009, Brussels Marios Avraamides European Commission

2 State of play Policy background Policy outlook Todays focus

3 State of play Typical RefrigerantsTypeODPGWP R-12CFC1.000~ R-22HCFC0.055~ R-134aHFC0~ R-125HFC0~ R-404a HFC blend0~ Refrigerants Foam Expansion Solvents Propellants Fire Extinguishants CFCs HCFCs HFCs Refrigerants Other Thousands of tonnes

4 2000 Policy Context EU F-gas emissions increasing strongly under BAU EU bound to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under Kyoto Protocol -8% Some Member States adopting own legislation Consensus amongst stakeholders that regulatory action at EU level appropriate

5 European Climate Change Programme ECCP I (2000), ECCP II (2005) Reduction potential (Mt CO2-eq. /yr) EU-15, 2010 Entry into force Starting to deliver Dir. on Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources Dir. on Combined Heat and Power F-Gas Regulation and Directive on Mobile Air Conditioning Dir. on Energy Performance of Buildings Dir. on Bio-fuels for transport Dir. on Energy Efficiency and Energy Services ACEA voluntary agreement CO2 & Cars Dir. on Energy Labeling … Emission Trading Scheme Total PotentialCa. 800 European Climate Change Programme

6 The EU F-gas Regulations Regulation 842/2006 on certain F-gases & 10 Implementing Acts To contain emissions from stationary sources By mandatory leak checks by certified personnel By recovery, recycling, and destruction Also including limited placing on the market and use bans Directive 2006/40/EC relating to emissions from air-conditioning systems in motor vehicles Maximum leak rates for HFC > 150 GWP Ban HFC > 150 between 2011 and 2017 EU Regulatory standards leading global action Promoting both containment (short/medium term) and innovative zero/low GWP substitutes

7 2010 Policy Context Global F-gas emissions increasing rapidly under BAU EU bound to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -20% or -30% Efficient low GWP technologies increasingly available Accelerated phase-out of HCFCs (XIX/6)

8 A global F-gas arrangement: Whats being talked about? Sectoral opportunity HFCs are deliberately manufactured for product applications (vs. other GHGs that are byproducts of energy or other processes) Produced in a small number of countries / shipped globally Provides regulatory & environmental certainty More efficient control measures Builds on success/expertise of MP; ensures climate benefits as HCFCs are phased-out Promotes lower leakage, recycling, adoption of low GWP alternatives; promotes global deployment 20:00 speech: Negotiations in Egypt and Copenhagen – Whats in for us?

9 The forthcoming review of Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 (1) Looking back - assess the effectiveness of current EU F-Gas policy Evaluation of the containment measures carried out by operators under Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 Assessment of the recovery provisions under Article 4 of the Regulation Evaluation of the status of implementation and effectiveness of training and certification programmes Assessment of the reporting requirements in Article 6(1) Assessment of the cost of implementation (in the Member States) and where appropriate of the need for clarification (e.g. definitions, procedures) and simplification (e.g. removal of obsolete provisions), to ensure a smoother implementation on the part of both public administration and private stakeholders

10 The forthcoming review of Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 (2) Looking forward – consider and assess options for the future, including: Control of production and/or use of F-Gases; Monitoring EU compliance with a potential international agreement; Extension of the containment and recovery measures to RAC systems fitted in certain modes of transport Establishment of max leakage rates for certain applications Further measures to strengthen recovery of F-Gases Establishment of Community standards for control of emissions of F- gases, in particular from foam Inclusion of additional F-Gases under Regulation (EC) No 842/2006

11 Thank you for your attention! More information &

12 Containment - Art. 3 Prevent leakages and repair asap Check for leakages at defined intervals according to charge using certified personnel Recovery - Art. 4 At end of life of product/equipment and during servicing and maintenance Collect and store F-gases from equipment for the purpose of recycling, reclamation, or destruction (using certified/qualified personnel) Training/Certification of Personnel & Companies – Art 5 Installation, maintenance, or servicing undertaken by certified personnel and companies Leak checking & recovery undertaken by certified personnel F-Gas Regulation – Key measures (1/4)

13 Reporting - Art. 6 Producers, importers and exporters of F-gases every year send a report to the Commission and MS concerned Quantities produced/imported/ exported/ reclaimed/ destroyed/ intended applications Labelling - Art. 7 Label on certain products and equipment containing F-gases contains [F-] gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol Chemical (accepted nomenclature) and quantity Hermetically sealed system (if appropriate) Use & Placing on the market prohibitions - Art. 8 & 9 On limited products/uses where containment is not feasible and/or alternatives widely available Under a specified schedule F-Gas Regulation – Key measures (2/4)

14 F-Gas activity/ use/ applicationContainRecoverTrain/ certify personnel/ companies Report data LabelProhibit marketing Production, imports and exports Refrigeration, a/c and heat pump equipment Fire protection systems and extinguishers (PFCs) High-voltage switchgear Equipment containing solvents A/c systems of certain motor vehicles Refillable containers F-Gas Regulation – Key measures (3/4)

15 F-Gas activity/ use/ applicationRecoverProhibit use Prohibit marketing Non-refillable containers Self-chilling cans Windows One component foams Magnesium die-casting Novelty aerosols (HFCs) Vehicle tyre Other products/ equipment F-Gas Regulation – Key measures (4/4)


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