More grumbles ahead of EU vote on f-gases

German electronics manufacturers have warned of "thousands" of job cuts if the European parliament votes on Tuesday to ban sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) in all applications except switchgear. The proposal has been tabled as an amendment to new EU rules on fluorinated greenhouse gases (f-gases). Sector group ZVEI claimed it would "sacrifice" European markets and engineering industries without environmental benefits and make manufacturing of semiconductors "impossible". It also warned of a "mass" of trade barriers if the parliament puts the f-gases regulation on a sole environmental legal basis. See press release.

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