Fluorocarbons are used as feedstocks, as refrigerants, as solvents and as blowing agents for insulation plastic foams. The Sector Group’s main objective is to monitor the constantly changing legislation related to HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), PFCs (perfluorinated carbons) and SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride), CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), in the EU and at global level.Read more
Having considered emission reduction strategies for CO2 and compared them with strategies for SLCP (note 1) a recent scientific paper concludes that the strategies should be pursued in parallel to mitigate future global temperature increase.
As refrigerant use practices are constantly evolving, particularly to establish which refrigerants are suitable for which applications, EFCTC has published a factsheet presenting objective basic accident and incident statistics for all refrigerants types, including alternative refrigerants and Fluorocarbons.
A Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) study of three different Residential Heat Pumps models, comparing R410A, HFC-134a and HFO-1234yf, has shown that the direct impact of refrigerant leakage and end-of-life loss is respectively only 7.6, 5.3 and <1 % of their total climate impact.
EFCTC welcomes the Council and Parliament agreement on the revision of the F-Gas regulation.
EFCTC calls on the European Council and Parliament to come to a first reading agreement and adopt promptly the revision of the European F-Gas Regulation that is currently in trilogue negotiations.
The final agreed text was approved on 17th December by the European Member States ambassadors. It will then be published and sent to the Parliament and Council for final approval. This will require a vote in the Parliament Environment Committee and then the Parliament plenary which will probably be in February or March 2014 and it will, afterwards, require approval by the European Council. Neither approvals are likely to be controversial – the vote in both is either “yes/no”; changes (other than legal corrections) cannot be proposed/made.
Présentation de la réglementation applicable et à venir sur les fluides frigorigènes et les climatiseurs.
N. Vincent,Chargé de mission à l'Union Climatique de France