Country:European Union
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Monitoring, Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards
Policy Target:Industry

On 6 April, the European Parliament approved regulation controlling three fluorinated gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). Use of SF6 in magnesium diecasting processes was banned, as was the use of other F-gases in air technology" running shoes, new fire protection systems and self-chilling drink cans. Use of F-gases in the manufacture of window units and vehicle tires was prohibited as of 2011. The use of F-gases in vehicle air conditioners was to be phased out. The rules further stipulated clear and indelible marking of products containing HFCs and PFCs to indicate the chemical name and quanitity involved. Large installations were to be monitored to guard against accidental emissions. Though the gases accounted for only 2 percent of the EUs 2006 GHG emissions, their persistence in the atmosphere amplified their global warming potential far more than that of carbon dioxide. On 25 April 2006, the Council of Ministers approved the Directive regarding F-gases.

This record is superseded by:Regulation on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Regulation (EU) No 517/2014)

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