F-Gases – What Role in Climate Change

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Although Fluorinated gases (also known as HFCs of F-gases) only contribute to approximately 2% of greenhouse gases, forecasts show that the figure could increase to as much as 19% worldwide by 2050. The Commission's proposal for the revision of certain fluorinated greenhouse gases, due for June 2012, aims at clarifying and strengthening the current framework in order to contribute to current and future climate change goals.

There is an ongoing debate on whether — and how – F-gases should be replaced by alternatives, the cost and climate impact of which are being assessed. How does this discussion change when viewed through the lens of energy efficiency?

Crucial debates in the EU's review of F-gases focus on the "phase-out" versus "phase-down" approaches to HFC's, and also on timeframes for implementation. Which pathways can benefit climate and sustain European industry?

What would be the optimal result of the EU's review in terms of energy savings and climate benefits?