The European Commission has allocated quotas to existing companies and new entrants allowing them to sell hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the EU in 2015. This is the first step of a gradual reduction of these quotas to end up at only 21% of today's sales by 2030, as mandated by a new EU Regulation on fluorinated gases (F-gases). Emissions of these gases to the atmosphere will in this way be reduced by two-thirds. HFCs are the most common F-gases which warm the atmosphere thousands of times more than CO2. Companies can see their quotas in the HFC Registry, available under the F-gas Portal.
The Commission has also adopted new rules for reporting of companies trading with F-gases. All affected companies, which include importers of equipment charged with F-gases, will have to report by 31 March 2015 on relevant activities for the year 2014. For this purpose, companies can already register themselves in the F-gas Portal at this time. Actual reporting of F-gas data will not commence before mid-February.
- Publication date
- 21 November 2014
- Directorate-General for Climate Action