Honeywell F-Gas quota scheme


05 December 2018
Honeywell has announced new measures designed to make to make it easier for companies to take full advantage of their European Union F-Gas refrigerant quota.

The manufacturer will buy excess quota and also help quota holders with imports into the EU, including customs clearance and delivery.
Julien Soulet, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Fluorine Products Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “As a world leader in the manufacture, supply and importation of refrigerants, we are ideally positioned to help incumbents and new entrants use their quota. Our services encapsulate years of know-how that can help relieve the stress and complexity of the F-Gas quota management process, saving companies considerable time and money.”
New entrants are under pressure to use their quota in the year that they received it, based on a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ principle. Other challenges include companies not having registered the substances under REACH, not having enough quota to clear product in bulk containers (15 – 18 metric tonnes); and not having the health, safety and environment (HS&E) permits and/or capability to handle, store or deal with refrigerants.

The process for exercising quota can be costly, logistically difficult and an administratively burden, according to Honeywell. Since 2015, EU F-Gas regulations set limits for placing HFC refrigerants on the EU market and quota is required for producers and importers. From January of this year, HFC pre-charged equipment must also be covered under the quota system.
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