F-gas deal: lawmakers back 79% phase down

Member states and MEPs have agreed to cut the volume of HFCs placed on the market by 79% by 2030, as proposed by the EU executive last year

Member states and MEPs have agreed to cut the volume of HFCs placed on the market by 79% by 2030, as proposed by the EU executive last year.

The trialogue agreement hammered out on Monday evening will also see the potent greenhouse gases banned from new hermetically sealed air conditioning units by 2020, and from aerosols and foams by 2018 and 2023 respectively.

The gases will also be banned from large commercial refrigeration systems from 2022 with an exemption for the primary refrigeration circuit of cascade systems where F-gases with a global warming potential of less than 1,500 can still be used.

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