The European Parliament Plenary has voted by a large majority in favour of a compromise ‘deal’ on the new EU F-Gas Regulation that had been reached by the EU institutions at the end of 2013. The deal, which among other measures introduces bans for HFCs with GWP≥150 for new equipment in certain refrigeration sub-sectors as well as movable air conditioning appliances, also needs to be formally endorsed by the Council of the EU before it enters into force.
I think that with this F-Gas Regulation we have put a further brick on the wall for protecting ourselves from climate change”, said Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament and Shadow Rapporteur on the file. “We see that a number of supermarket chains are now using the alternative methods for the refrigeration systems, the same will also apply very soon to air conditioning systems. The sooner we reduce the use of ODS and f-gases the better”.
By this regulation we speed up innovation, we spread the best practices, in short we actually pave the way with a very good example from Europe, so that now others can follow this example” said EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard during a debate one day before the Plenary vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “That is what we need, to address f-gases not only in Europe but also internationally. I think we have taken a very important step”.
We have to focus on the international aspect as well. We are setting a precedent here”, said Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur on the new EU F-Gas Regulation, negotiating the file for the European Parliament during the 11 March 2014 debate in the European Parliament. “We have set the bar very high here at the EU for that other parts of the world, China and the USA. It is up to them, I think, to follow our example now. We want to get rid of these f-gases, we want to support and stimulate the new economy, which will have a knock on effect further down the line – get rid of these f-gases, that is what we are aiming for”.