17 October 2006
14 July 2006 saw publication of the new EU F-gas Regulation in the Offi cial Journal of the European
Union: 20 days later it came into force.
This new EU Regulation governs requirements for the use of greenhouse gases. For the European refrigeration
and heat pump industry, it means requirements for the use of all the HFC refrigerants, such as R134a,
R407C and R410A as just a few examples.
At the same time, the EU Directive for the Use of Greenhouse Gases in Air Conditioning in Motor Vehicles
– the MAC-Directive – was adopted. See table “EU regulation for HFC products in Europe”.
This article will focus on the F- gas Regulation.