Bulk imports of climate-warming fluorinated gases increased by 90% from 2013 to 2014 as companies rushed to stockpile ahead of an EU phase-down, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Imports in 2014 were around twice the figure in any other year between 2007 and 2013, a report by the EEA revealed yesterday. The surge was largely due to a 95% increase in imports of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), where “companies clearly had an incentive to import” before a 2015 phase-down entered force, the EEA said.
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