F-gases—regulation and enforcement
F-gases—regulation and enforcement

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • F-gases—regulation and enforcement
  • Brexit impact
  • What are F-gases?
  • Where are F-gases found?
  • Who is responsible for compliance?
  • Key requirements
  • F-gas Regulations 2015
  • Guidance
  • Latest Developments

The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 (F-gas Regulations 2015), SI 2015/310 replace and revoke the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009, SI 2009/261 to give effect to Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases, which superseded and repealed the original regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases, Regulation (EC) No 842/2006. The F-gas Regulations 2015 were amended by the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1105, Sch 12, para 10 (very minor amendment) and the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/98 which came into force on 22 February 2018, with the exception of certain provisions relating to civil penalties, which came into force on 1 April 2018. This Practice Note covers England and Wales only.

Regulation EU 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases was published on 20 May 2014, entered into force on 9 June 2014 and applies from 1 January 2015.

Regulation EU 517/2014:

  1. repeals and replaces Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 of 17 May 2006

  2. bans the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) in many new types of equipment, such as fridges, air-conditioning, foam and aerosols, where viable more climate-friendly alternatives are readily available

  3. prevents emissions of F-gases from existing equipment by requiring leakage checks, registration, proper servicing and recovery of the gases at the end of the equipment's life

  4. introduces a phase-down mechanism from 2015 that limits the total amount of the