EU's f-gas hawks left out in the cold

Ministers maintain focus on emissions containment and harmonised application in draft controls

EU environment ministers agreed rules on limiting emissions and uses of fluorinated greenhouse gases (f-gases) in Luxembourg on Thursday. The deal displeased countries in favour of stricter controls: Denmark and Austria voted against; Sweden, Belgium and Portugal abstained.

As expected, instead of the single f-gases regulation proposed by the European Commission ministers have backed the creation of two laws: a directive on phasing out HFCs from mobile air conditioning systems (macs) and a separate regulation on f-gases in other applications (EED 07/10/04).

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