The European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation on Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) intended to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions to a third of today’s levels by 2030 (COM (2012) 643). The common uses for F-gases include refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, aerosols, solvents, foam blowing agents, fire fighting fluids and high voltage switchgear.
The manufacture, supply, use, installation, or the servicing of equipment containing F-gases would need to fall in line with EU legislation within the timeframes as stipulated by the Regulation, which aims to limit such releases. Many commercial, industrial and public sector organisations have obligations under the proposed EU F-Gas Regulation.
The five main industry sectors affected by this proposed Regulation are:
• Stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps;
• Fire protection systems and fire extinguishers;
• Mobile air conditioning;
• High voltage switchgear;
End users, contractors, equipment manufacturers and distributors may also have obligations.
In this context, MEUSAC in collaboration with the Malta Resources Authority (MRA), the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) and the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) organised a consultation session on the dossier in question. This session was held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the MEUSAC offices in Valletta.