On 19 June 2013, Members of the European Parliament’s (MEPs) Environment Committee supported the introduction of HFC bans in new air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Moreover, the report adopted foresees a steeper reduction of emissions from fluorinated gases and mandatory certification of technicians on alternatives. While this gives a clear and strong signal to the industry, an agreement with other European institutions is still to be negotiated.
“I think today’s vote is a very, very important outcome for the industry that has been investing in the natural alternatives. They have a very clear signal now that their technologies will be the only ones on the European market after 2020 and it goes down to stationary air-conditioning and refrigeration. I think that is a very important signal also for the ones that have been relying on f-gases – they know it will stop after 2020. That is a major important step and a clear signal that we as a Parliament are now giving.”
“We have a mandate for starting negotiations with the Council. We know that the Council is not as far yet as the Parliament, but I have been talking to the Lithuanian presidency and I recommended them to move towards the Parliament in order to have a smooth negotiation round in order to be ready before we go to the next climate summit in Warsaw, which is in November. And I do hope we can get a good outcome, which will stimulate natural refrigerants in Europe.”