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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Regulations 2009, SI 2009/261 to give effect to Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases, which superseded and repealed the original regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases, Regulation (EC) No 842/2006.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:
repeals and replaces Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 of 17 May 2006
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
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
introduces a phase-down mechanism from 2015 that limits the total amount of the
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