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The chlorofluorocarbon (CF) and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant fluids used in cooling systems today are considered to be powerful greenhouse gases.

To prevent climactic changes and global warming, the European Commission has adopted a roadmap for reducing global emissions by 2050.This directive, which relates to EU regulation No. 517/2014, is called F-Gas.

The aim if the F-Gas regulation is to:

  • Defines rules regarding containment, use, recovery and destruction of fluorinated greenhouse gases and related measures.
  • Defines the conditions for introduction into the market certain products and equipment containing HFCs.
  • Imposes conditions on certain specific uses of fluorinated greenhouse gases.
  • Sets quantitative limits (quotas) for sales of HFCs into the market.

This decree is for all companies that install, maintain and sell equipment containing refrigerant fluids, as well as those that handle and distribute them.


Prevention & Distribution

Prevention of fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions

All equipment must be designed to prevent accidental discharge of greenhouse gas. Technical measures are taken upstream to reduce leaks to a minimum.

The equipment must have a leak protection system that alerts the owner or a maintenance provider company in the event of leaks (see (EU) regulation No. 517/2014 specifying the leak monitoring methods).

"Phase Down" quotas

The program calls for gradual reduction of the fluids available on the market from 2015 to 2030.

HFC quantities are reduced to 21% in 2030.