On 16 December 2013, the EU Institutions reached an informal agreement on the future F-Gas Regulation: an HFC phase-down is to be introduced - a gradually declining “cap” on bulk HFCs placed on the EU market expressed in CO2 equivalent - of 79% by 2030, as originally proposed by the European Commission a year ago, remains a key part of the regulation. HFC bans are foreseen for new plug-in and centralised commercial refrigeration as of 2022.
With this agreement large supermarkets soon will be required to switch to climate friendly cooling systems which will give a boost to green jobs," said Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur of the new EU F-Gas Regulation, negotiating the file for the European Parliament.
An example of an alternative [to f-gases] is CO2, which is of course a greenhouse gas, but much less harmful than an f-gas. For example in supermarkets, in those refrigeration systems you can work with the CO2 alternative where no f-gases are needed. This Regulation is now forcing the supermarkets to go to those alternatives,” said Eickhout shortly ater the vote.