F-gas negotiators struggle with bans controversy

Talks have reached an impasse on banning the use of potent greenhouse gases in certain applications, with Lithuania now seeking a new mandate

Negotiations between member states and the European Parliament on the F-gas regulation have reached an impasse on banning the use of potent greenhouse gases in certain applications.

Parliament negotiators led by Bas Eickhout want to ban the use of F-gases in new air conditioning and refrigeration equipment from 2020.

But because member states will not agree to this, MEPs are now pushing for at least a ban new commercial refrigeration equipment and small space air conditioning units, using the gases. Together these account for a large share of F-gas emissions.

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