Mikkel Aaman Sørensen - Socio-economic effects of options for further regulation of HFCs

published Mar 20, 2015 - 10 pages

Mikkel Sørensen, from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, spoke of the the socio-economic effects in further regulating the use of HFCs in Denmark.  As F-Gas regulations have already been in place in Denmark for many years and have attained a significant reduction of HFC use, the EU F-Gas Regulation will not have a drastic effect. For this reason, Sørensen presented the future options relating to the national ban on HFCs, which apply to all equipment except for that wi

Mikkel Sørensen, from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, spoke of the the socio-economic effects in further regulating the use of HFCs in Denmark.  As F-Gas regulations have already been in place in Denmark for many years and have attained a significant reduction of HFC use, the EU F-Gas Regulation will not have a drastic effect. For this reason, Sørensen presented the future options relating to the national ban on HFCs, which apply to all equipment except for that with a refrigerant charge between 150g and 10kg. The Danish EPA is currently considering changing this rule and setting a limit in terms of CO2 equivalent instead of kg, which would better reflect the environmental impact of refrigerants. The limit of 5t CO2eq would result in emissions savings of 3.95 million t CO2eq over 30 years, while the tax lost calculated would amount to €130 million. Sørensen sees this could negatively affect small businesses, however. €1 million has been set aside to support companies to move voluntarily to natural refrigerants in applications where the use of HFCs is still legal.


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