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Guidance on the EU's F-gas Regulation and its legal framework

In response to the European Climate Law and the need for stronger climate action, the European Commission reviewed the 2014 F-gas Regulation and, on 7 April 2022, proposed a new regulation to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. 

Building on the success of its predecessor, the F-gas Regulation (EU) 2024/573 was adopted on 7 February 2024 and started to apply on 11 March 2024.

Key measures of the new F-gas Regulation:

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Reducing hydrofluorocarbons

The quota system generates a steeper reduction in the amounts that importers and producers may place on the EU market, and in 2050, HFCs will be phased out in the EU.

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Expanding the quota system

HFCs used in metered dose inhalers have been integrated into the quota system. Additional prohibitions on F-gas equipment, products and use of F-gases will apply in the future.

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Stricter rules to prevent emissions

The Regulation covers additional equipment and gases, expanding measures to prevent leakage during transportation, installation, servicing, and disposal of equipment and products.

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Facilitating better monitoring

More digitalisation and electronic automation of custom control will allow enhanced enforcement and monitoring in the Member States and combat illegal trade.

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Capping EU production of HFCs

Starting in 2025, producers will receive rights equivalent to 60% of their average annual production from 2011 to 2013. This rate will decline to 15% by 2036.

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