Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases
F-gases are a family of man-made gases used in a range of industrial applications (refrigeration and air conditioning, as well as in electrical equipment). They are powerful greenhouse gases, with a global warming effect much higher than carbon dioxide (CO2). The Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation on the F-gases in November 2012 with the aim to replace Regulation No 842/2006 and discourage the use of F-gases with a high impact on the climate.
UEAPME represents a wide range of SMEs affected by the ongoing revision, from those active in maintenance and instalment services to retailers using cooling systems as well as SMEs in the cold storage and temperature controlled logistics. In order to represent the interests of its SME members, UEAPME published a position paper in March 2013.
UEAPME’s position supports the environmental concerns linked to the use of the F-gases but calls for a less stringent deadline on the ban on the use of F-gases proposed under article 11. The same applies to the phase down of F-gases, UEAPME believes the 2008-2011 baseline proposed is not appropriate and that it should be extended at least until the year of entry into force of the current Proposal.