A newly released IPCC report has been embraced by manufacturers of chemical substances known as F-gases as it confirms that containment and not phase-out is the best policy option.
Two business associations of F-gases manufacturers hailed the UN report as it confirmed the benefits of containment measures during their use and of recovery at end of life.
The EU has been regulating F-gases since 2003. The Commission’s proposals also endorses containment of these fluorocarbons as the best policy option but also foresee a phase-out of HFC-134a in car air conditioning (see EURACTIV’s LinksDossier on F-gases and climate change). The European Parliament is expected to undertake a second reading of the F-gases proposals in September/October 2005.