On 12 March 2014, the European Parliament’s plenary formally adopted the compromise text of the new EU F-Gas Regulation that had been agreed among the EU institutions in December 2013. The attention now turns to EU Member States represented in the Council of the EU, which also needs to officially endorse the informal agreement before the legislative process is finalised and new rules apply, as of 2015. -
We wanted to ensure that there were bans in certain sectors, commercial refrigeration systems for example, and air conditioning that uses high GWP gases”, said Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur of the new EU F-Gas Regulation, negotiating the file for the European Parliament during a debate one day before the plenary vote. “We could not get through everything, we had to give up some of our ambitions but we have a review in 2017 that we can bring into play and we can review the situation then.
The new regulation will not only reduce emissions in the EU, but will have a direct impact globally”, said EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard during the 11 March 2014 debate in the European Parliament. “Increased EU demand for alternative technologies is likely to spur innovation and economies of scale also in other markets, hence reducing costs of a global phase-down of HFCs. This is crucial, because unless other major economies follow Europe’s lead, global production and consumption of these extremely powerful greenhouse gases will continue to grow. The swift and immediate implementation of the Regulation as of 2015 will prove that ambitious measures on HFCs are feasible. With this domestic legislation the EU has gained global leadership on this issue and we are prepared to use this role in order to make progress also at the international level”.