Such gases, mainly hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are widely used as refrigerants, are far more potent at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2 and currently subject to a Europe-wide 'phase down' under the 2015 F-Gas Regulation.
However, numerous studies and action by police and customs officials have revealed widespread flouting of import controls, and the ease with which F-gases can be ordered from unscrupulous suppliers on the internet. With F-gases contributing an estimated 2.35% to the greenhouse effect, illegal traders have been blamed for undermining EU climate action.
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