The European Commission issued the attached report that reviews of the application, effects and adequacy of the F-Gas Regulation. The report draws from the results of an analytical study.
The report concludes that the EU should take further action to reduce emissions of F-gases beyond the existing regulation and presents the following options:
- gradually declining limits on the quantity of F-gases placed on the EU market
- use and marketing prohibitions for new equipment and products (bans)
- voluntary environmental agreements
The report does not present specific options for the fire protection sector. As previously reported, the analytical study proposes a voluntary agreement leading to a ban on the use of HFC-23 in fire protection.
The report includes the following information related to fire protection:
- The labeling provisions of the F-gas regulation apply to approximately “100 suppliers of gas containers including for fire protection systems.”
- More than 50% of personnel and 90% of companies in the fire protection sector are not yet certified. Eight Member States have not yet notified the Commission on their training and certification systems.
- Compliance with containment measures has been applied to a higher extent in the fire protection sector due to existing voluntary technical standards.
- Recovery in the fire protection sector is currently a commonly applied practice during servicing and maintenance. The potential for recovery from systems containing F-gases will grow in the coming years, as such systems will be reaching their end of life.
- Available low-GWP fluids could enable a gradual cost-effective substitution of F-gases in applications including fire protection.
On the basis of this report, the Commission has launched a consultation that invites stakeholders to comment on possible options for strengthening EU measures to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases.