Climate change: Commission tackles fluorinated gases The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Regulation to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases. Climate change is a natural phenomenon. Fluorinated gases (‘F-gases’) are a family of man-made gases used in a range of industrial applications. Fluorinated greenhouse gases impact on climate change. Contact F-gas Registration Ltd. (FGR), the company certification body in Ireland. Background. The EU is taking regulatory action to control F-gases as part of its policy to combat climate change. Fluorinated gases are gases that nearly exclusively result from human activities (e.g. 658 of 2016) - These Regulations, which make provisions necessary for the purposes of full and effective implementation in Ireland of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) No 842/2006, were published in December 2016. 279 if 2011 and S.I. In addition to the F-gas Regulation, there is a series of implementing European Regulations to address specific requirements as follows: Download a copy of the revised F-gas Regulation – Regulation 517/2014. No. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) are collectively known as fluorinated greenhouse gases and are further controlled by specific EU legislation. industrial/manufacturing processes), i.e. 658 of 2016), Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, A-Z Glossary of Environmental Terms (NALA), Freedom of Information Publication Scheme. Introduces bans on the use of F-gases where less harmful alternatives are available. However, the current phase of climate change being experienced is being accelerated by human activities that result in the emission of greenhouse gases. industrial/manufacturing processes), i.e. Fluorinated greenhouse gases impact on climate change. However, most F-gases have a high global warming potential (GWP), and some are nearly inert to removal by chemical processes. Controls emissions of F-gases by requiring leak checking, proper servicing and maintenance of F-gas equipment and recovery of F-gases at end of life. Fluorinated gases are used inside of products like refrigerators, air-conditioners, foams and aerosol cans. Emissions from these products are caused by gas leakage during the manufacturing process as well as throughout the product's life. The proposal represents a further step towards fulfilling the EU's obligations under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce emissions of all gases contributing to global warming. It aims to cut these by two thirds of today’s levels by 2030. Download a copy of the European Union (Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas) Regulations 2016 (S.I. Fluorinated gases belong to the category of greenhouse gases. In many cases, HFCs have been used to replace ozone depleting substances such as CFCs and HCFCs in refrigeration and air conditioning systems and halons in fire protection systems. The main uses of fluorinated greenhouse gases are in stationary and mobile refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, fire protection, high voltage switch gear, semiconductor production as well as in foams, aerosols and metered dose inhalers. Read about the EU's action to control fluorinated greenhouse gases, Read a summary of European legislation on F-gases, Visit the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government F-gas pages, PO Box 3000 Johnstown Castle Estate Wexford, Y35 W821 Tel. Leak checking – stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector, Leak checking – stationary fire protection systems, Certification of companies and personnel – stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector, Certification of companies and personnel – stationary fire protection systems and fire extinguishers, Certification of companies and personnel – high voltage switch gear, Certification of companies and personnel – f-gas based solvents, Certification of companies and personnel – mobile air conditioning systems, Labelling – equipment containing fluorinated greenhouse gases, Reporting formats – producers, importers and exporters. These gases can be found in … Fluorinated gases are gases that nearly exclusively result from human activities (e.g. there are no natural sources of fluorinated gases. Fluorinated gases belong to the category of greenhouse gases. The Climate Policy Info Hub has been created within the POLIMP project which has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement Number 603847. No. This Regulation aims to cut EU emissions of F-gases by two thirds by 2030 compared to levels in 2014. Limits the total amount of F-gases that can be sold in the EU through phased reductions in imports. These gases can be found in different products such as fridges or aerosol cans. Reducing man-made greenhouse gases (fluorinated gases) The regulation is designed to mitigate climate change and protect the environment by reducing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases). If released, HFCs stay in the atmosphere for decades and both PFCs and SF6 can stay in the atmosphere for millennia. There are six greenhouse gases as follows: Each of these gases is controlled by the global environmental agreement known as the Kyoto Protocol. If you do not accept the policies above and continue to use this website you have been deemed to have accepted. They effectively replace the previous Irish statutory instruments S.I. Climate change refers to significant change in the measures of climate, such as temperature, rainfall, or wind over a long period of time. No. F gases are controlled by European Regulations (EC) No. No. there are no natural sources of fluorinated gases. 517/2014 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases. 278 of 2011 which implemented the repealed Regulation (EC) No 842/2006. Methodological issues relating to fluorinated gases. Climate change refers to significant change in the measures of climate, such as temperature, rainfall, or wind over a long period of time. F-gases are ozone-friendly, enable energy efficiency, and are relatively safe for use by the public due to their low levels of toxicity and flammability. : 053-916 0600Email:info@epa.ieOther EPA locations, Contact us | Disclaimer | Privacy policy | Terms of use | Accessibility statement | Glossary of terms | A-Z Glossary of Environmental Terms (NALA) | Change viewing preferences | Freedom of Information Publication Scheme | Gaeilge, Performance of EPA Licensed Facilities in Relation to Air Emissions, Waste ODS/Fgases & Prior Annual Notifications, Import of Equipment Pre Charged with HFCs, European Union (Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas) Regulations 2016 (S.I.