- What is an f-gas?
- Fluorinated gases (f-gases) are defined by the EU in Annexes I and II of the regulation. The gases most commonly impacted by the EU regulation are described in Annex I as "fluorinated greenhouse gases" i.e., HFCs, PFCs and SF6 in pure or blended form.
- When does the new f-gas regulation start?
The new f-gas regulation 517/2014 will replace the older regulation 842/2006 on 1st January 2015.
- Does the new regulation replace all aspects of the old f-gas regulation?
The new f-gas regulation 517/2014 will replace the older regulation 842/2006 on 1st January 2015. However, in most cases the new regulation includes and builds on the items required under the old regulation.
Also many linked pieces of regulation such as 1493/2007, 1497/2007, 1516/2007, 303/2008, 304/2008, 305/2008, 306/2008, 307/2008 and 308/2008 remain in force and continue to apply unless and until repealed or replaced by newer legislation.
- Where does the f-gas regulation apply?
The f-gas regulation applies in all 28 member states of the European Union.
- What is GWP?
Each HFC gas has a different Global Warming Potential (GWP). All GWP figures are compared to that of the most common greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide or CO2 (GWP=1). R134a has a GWP of 1430, so 1kg of R134a will have the same global warming potential as 1430kg of CO2.
- What is CO2e?
The total weight of gas used multiplied by its GWP gives the total CO2 equivalent (CO2e) for that system. By way of example, 10kg of R134a will have a CO2e of 14,300kg CO2e (14.3 tonnes CO2e).