F-gases—regulation and enforcement

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

  • F-gases—regulation and enforcement
  • Brexit
  • The Ozone-Depleting Substances and Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and the Ozone-Depleting Substances and Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
  • What are F-gases?
  • Where are F-gases found?
  • Who is responsible for compliance?
  • Key requirements
  • Leak checks—article 4
  • Record keeping—article 6
  • Product and equipment controls—articles 11–14
  • More...

F-gases—regulation and enforcement

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2009/261 to give effect to Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases (the EU F-gas Regulation), which superseded and repealed the original regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases, Regulation (EC) No 842/2006.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. The F-gas Regulations 2015 extend to Northern Ireland only in so far as they deal with import and export controls and trade with any place outside the UK, within the meaning of paragraph 20 of Schedule 3 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 or they deal with controls on gases, products and equipment traded between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This Practice Note covers England and Wales only.

The EU F-gas Regulation was published on 20 May 2014, entered into force on 9 June 2014 and applies from 1 January 2015.

The regulation:

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

  2. bans the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases)

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