Fluorinated greenhouse gases (Regulation No. 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) No 842/2006) European Union 2014

Name of policy Fluorinated greenhouse gases (Regulation No. 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) No 842/2006)
Jurisdiction Supranational region
Supranational region
Country European Union

Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Mitigation
Type of policy instrument
  • Information and education
    • Performance label
      • Professional training and qualification
      • Regulatory Instruments
        • Monitoring
          • Auditing
            • Other mandatory requirements
            Sector name
            • Industry
              • Fluorinated gases
            Policy description The objective of this Regulation is to protect the environment by reducing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases. Accordingly, this Regulation:

            (a) establishes rules on containment, use, recovery and destruction of fluorinated greenhouse gases, and on related ancillary measures; (b) imposes conditions on the placing on the market of specific products and equipment that contain, or whose functioning relies upon, fluorinated greenhouse gases; (c) imposes conditions on specific uses of fluorinated greenhouse gases; and (d) establishes quantitative limits for the placing on the market of hydrofluorocarbons.

            Non-CO2 emissions, including fluorinated greenhouse gases but excluding non-CO2 emissions from agriculture, should be reduced by 72 % to 73 % by 2030 and by 70 % to 78 % by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. If based on the reference year 2005, a reduction in non-CO2 emissions, except those from agriculture, of 60 % to 61 % by 2030 is required. Fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions were estimated at 90 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2 equivalent in 2005.

            The Commission report of 26 September 2011 on the application, effects and adequacy of Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) concluded that the current containment measures, if fully applied, have the potential to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases. Those measures should therefore be maintained and clarified on the basis of the experience gained in implementing them

            The use of sulphur hexafluoride in magnesium die-casting and in the recycling of magnesium die-casting alloys shall be prohibited. The use of sulphur hexafluoride to fill vehicle tyres shall be prohibited. From 1 January 2020, the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases, with a global warming potential of 2 500 or more, to service or maintain refrigeration equipment with a charge size of 40 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or more, shall be prohibited. Quotas for placing hydrofluorocarbons on the market shall be allocated among the different producers, and transfers will be allowed.

            Reduction in F-gases allowances placed on the market should be of 37% by 2020 compared to 2015 and 79% by 2030.

            Policy type
            • Non-energy1
            Policy stringency
            Implementation state Implemented
            Date of decision 2014
            Start date of implementation
            End date of implementation
            High impact GHG reduction
            Impact indicator

            Source or references http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2014.150.01.0195.01.ENG
            Supports policies
            Is supported by policies
            Comments (background and assessment)
            Status Final

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