Country:Lithuania
Year:2014
Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2014
Policy Type:Information and Education, Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Appliances
Agency:The Ministry of Environment
Description:

In 2014 a new Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 was adopted. The main goals of the new Regulation is to ensure a more cost-efficient contribution to achieving the EU’s climate objectives by discouraging the use of F-gases with a high impact on the climate in favor of energy-efficient and safe alternatives, and further improving the containment and end-of-life treatment of products and equipment that contain F-gases; help to bring about a consensus on an international agreement to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the most relevant group of F-gases, under the Montreal Protocol.

The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania has already taken actions in order to updated the existing  national legislation in the area of fluorinated greenhouse gases ensuring the implementation of the requirements of the Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 :

  1. The Order No D1-957 of the Minister of Environment the Republic of Lithuania ensuring the implementation of the requirements of the containment, use, recovery and destruction of the fluorinated greenhouse gases  was adopted on 27 November 2014; this order defines the functions of the national authorities ensuring the implementation of the requirements of the new Regulation(EU) No 517/2014;
  2. The Order No D1-372 of the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania establishing the Rules on the issuance of Certificates for the companies handling fluorinated greenhouse gases was updated on 19 December 2014;
  3. The draft Order of the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania establishing the training and attestation system for the employees engaged in the activities with the fluorinated greenhouse gases was prepared with the view to amend and updated the existing national legislation in this area in order to comply with the requirements on the new Regulation (EU) No 517/2014. The adoption of this draft order is pending.    
  4. The Order No D1-12 of the Minister of Environment establishing the procedures for reporting on fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances, data collection and management, accounting of equipment and systems which contain these gases or materials was adopted on 10 January 2010 and is being amended currently.

The amendment to the Administrative Infringement Code establishing more stringent responsibilities for the breach of the requirements of handling fluorinated greenhouse gases was prepared. The adoption of the amendment by the Parliament is pending.

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