About: F-gases

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Gulf states resist EU-led cuts to ozone-depleting refrigerant

The EU has released its first quotas for HFCs as part of a plan to phase out the refrigeration gasses. There is broad global consensus on the subject, but oil-producing countries in the Gulf region are holding up an international agreement. EURACTIV France reports

Car coolant rejected by Daimler is safe: EU scientists

EU scientists have found that the new car coolant at the centre of a dispute that has pitched regulators against Germany and its luxury carmaker Daimler does not pose any serious safety risks, the European Commission said on Friday.
Climate change 17-12-2013

EU reaches deal to cap super-warming F-gases

The European Union on Monday (16 December) reached a tentative deal on limiting the use in fridges and air conditioners of fluorinated gases that have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide.

Ban F-gases – and boost Europe’s economy!

Outlawing 'super-greenhouse gases' would be a quick win for Europe’s industry and the climate, argues Duncan Brack.
Climate change 08-10-2013

Rushing F-gas reduction will damage business and take away jobs

Regulators should not move too fast on reducing the use of fluorinated gas (or F-gases) refrigerants, as the cost implications for many retailers and wholesalers could significantly damage their businesses, writes Christian Verschueren.

Sectoral f-gas approach needed to strengthen green growth

An ambitious f-gas regulation offers an excellent opportunity to incentivise green growth, argues Maxime Bureau.
Transport 09-07-2013

France blocks new Daimler car registrations over air coolant row

France has blocked the registration of some new Daimler Mercedes cars in an escalating row over the German company’s use of a banned air conditioning coolant, EU sources say.
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Climate change 08-07-2013

EPEE’s Andrea Voigt ‘disappointed’ over EP vote on F-gases ban

EPEE's director general Andrea Voigt expressed her concern on Wednesday over the European Parliament's decision to back a sweeping ban on the use in refrigerators and air conditioners of fluorinated gases. The so called F-gases are greenhouse gases that are many thousands of times more damaging than carbon dioxide in warming up the earth's atmosphere.
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Climate change 20-06-2013

EPEE’s Andrea Voigt ‘disappointed’ over EP vote on F-gases ban

European Partnership for Energy and the Environment Director general Andrea Voigt expressed her concern on Wednesday after the European Parliament's Environment Committee backed a sweeping ban on the use in refrigerators and air conditioners of fluorinated gases. The so-called F-gases are greenhouse gases that are many thousands of times more damaging than carbon dioxide in warming up the earth's atmosphere - 
Climate change 20-06-2013

MEPs back phase-out of F-gas coolants blamed for global warming

The European Parliament's Environment Committee has backed a sweeping ban on the use in refrigerators and air conditioners of fluorinated gases - greenhouse gases that are many thousands of times more damaging than carbon dioxide in warming up the earth's atmosphere.
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Energy 13-06-2013

F-Gases: Yes to a phase-down, No to bans

On the 19th of June, the ENVI committee votes on new F-Gas Rules. Your vote is important because the decision of the European Parliament is vital for a sensible policy on F-Gases until 2030. You might not know it, but F-Gases are essential ingredients to ensure health, safety and comfort in our modern day live. They are used as refrigerants in supermarkets to keep our food fresh and healthy, in heat pumps to heat our homes, in cold stores and lorries, in hospitals and many more …
Energy 11-03-2013

Volkswagen follows Daimler in opting for CO2 refrigerant

Volkswagen, the world's third largest carmaker, has joined its compatriot Daimler in deciding not to use a new air-conditioning (A/C) refrigerant developed by U.S. firms Honeywell and DuPont in its cars, choosing a CO2-based system instead.

German agency steps in as mediator in Daimler-EU spat

Germany's federal environment agency said on Thursday (14 February) it has proposed Brussels grant luxury automaker Daimler until the end of 2015 to meet new European Union laws mandating the use of climate-friendly air conditioning refrigerants in cars.
Climate change 18-12-2012

Daimler faces legal action threat over green air conditioning

The German car company, Daimler, is facing potential infringement proceedings from Brussels after announcing an intention to defy EU legislation and continue using a super greenhouse gas in its car air conditioning systems next year.
Climate change 08-11-2012

EU scales back planned F-gas bans, opts for phase-out

The EU has abandoned plans to ban global warming fluorinated gases from Europe’s commercial and industrial refrigerators, opting largely for a ‘phase-down’ approach intended to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions to a third of today’s levels by 2030.
Climate change 03-10-2012

Draft EU law slaps F-gas ban on domestic fridges

The European Commission has drawn up a plan to outlaw planet-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in domestic refrigerators and freezers by 2015, and commercial coolers by 2020, under a draft regulation seen by EURACTIV.
Climate change 26-06-2012

NGO coalition demands ban on super greenhouse gas

Six NGOs are calling for the European Commission to propose a ban on some uses of the most potent greenhouse gas known to humankind, sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), after a new report found that existing alternative technologies were no more expensive.
Climate change 30-05-2012

Report: Europe could kick the F-gas habit by 2020

Most fluorinated greenhouse gases (also known as F-Gases), used in today’s mobile air conditioning and refrigeration units, could realistically be banned across the EU by 2020, a new report says.
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Climate change 09-03-2012

F-Gases – What Role in Climate Change

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.
Climate change 26-08-2011

Europe emits huge unreported F-gas cloud: Report

European chemical manufacturers are covertly venting huge quantities of the powerful 'super greenhouse gas' HFC-23, according to a study by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA).
Climate change 14-07-2011

Brussels weighs billion-dollar F-gas industry ban

Planet-warming gases used to power Europe's refrigerators and air conditioning should be banned or face a weighting system based on their global warming potential, a consultants' report to the EU says.

Keeping cool with refrigerants: The F-gas review

Fluorinated gases power the world's refrigerants and air conditioning systems, and make up around 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But if business continues as usual, by 2050 they could be responsible for between 9%-19% of global emissions, prompting EU policymakers to take action to contain leakage or even ban their use.
Transport 26-06-2007

Battle heats up for climate-friendly car air-conditioning

Companies are competing to win automakers' support for rival air-conditioning technology as the European car industry prepares to take a key decision on what refrigerant to choose to replace climate-wrecking F-gases.
Climate change 11-04-2006

Fluorinated gases and climate change

EU lawmakers in January 2006 struck an agreement on a proposal to cut down emissions of fluorinated gases as part of the Kyoto protocol on climate change. F-gases are widely used in refrigeration and air conditioning but have a high global warming potential and can sometimes stay in the atmosphere for thousands of years. The agreement mainly seeks to improve the containment and recovery of F-gases and imposes regular checks on industrial refrigeration installations. After much discussion, the compromise allows countries like Denmark and Austria to maintain stricter controls than elsewhere in Europe until 2012. A phase-out of HFC-134a in car air conditioning has also been approved as of 2011 with a complete ban applying from 2017.
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