EU F-Gas regulations – Bans for New Products & Equipment

Bans for New Products and Equipment

EU F-Gas regulations – Bans for New Products & Equipment

This guidance is for organisations affected by the 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014). The F-Gas
Regulation creates controls on the use and emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gases)
including HFCs, PFCs and SF6. The 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation replaces the 2006 Regulation,
strengthening all of the 2006 requirements and introducing a number of important new measures.

The 2014 Regulation includes a number of bans on the use of F-Gases in new products. This
Information Sheet summarises all the bans in the F-Gas Regulation.

A wide range of further guidance is available for other aspects of the EU F-Gas Regulation – see
Information Sheet 30 for a full list and a glossary of terms.

New Product Bans in the F-Gas Regulation

EU F-Gas regulations – Bans for New Products & Equipment

The 2014 F-Gas Regulation includes 20 bans on the use of F-Gases in specific new products and new
equipment. Bans affect the following markets:

a) Refrigeration
b) Air-conditioning
c) Fire protection
d) Aerosols
e) Foam insulation
f) Others (including windows, footwear and car tyres)

Nine of the bans were already in the 2006 F-Gas Regulation and were all in force by 2009. The 11 new
bans come into force between 2015 and 2025.

The bans are specified in Article 11 of the Regulation and detailed in Annex III. Each ban is based on a
product definition and a specified scope of F-Gases (e.g. HFCs with a GWP above 150).

It is important to emphasise that the bans referred to in this Information Sheet are for new products and equipment.

Article 11 describes three exemptions to the bans:

1) Military equipment (this only refers to specialised equipment such as tanks and aircraft)
2) Eco-design: If the lifecycle emissions (including energy and F-Gases, established under
Directive 2009/125/EC) are lower with a banned product, an exemption can be granted.
3) Limited 4 year exemptions, where it can be shown that there are technical or safety issues.
Exemptions (2) and (3) require the agreement of the European Commission for each specific product.

The SRAC industry and the world as a whole, now understand that fluorinated gases have a potentially devastating global warming effect when released into the atmosphere.

F-Gas regulations have been implemented in order to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases.

On 2nd April 2008, the Commission Regulation 303/2008 set out the requirements for a company certification scheme.

This scheme is specifically for businesses working with F-Gas refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain fluorinated greenhouse gases.

These F-Gas Certification requirements are in accordance with Article 5.1 of EC Regulations 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases (the EC F Gas Regulation).