New call to halt illegal refrigerant trade

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Published: 01 November 2018


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Andrea Voigt of EPEE
Air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump bodies across Europe have joined forces to call for proper enforcement of the F-Gas Regulation, with stricter border controls to halt  the illegal import of refrigerants.

EPEE, representing the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, and three leading associations in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration sector – EFCTC, AREA and ADC3R – say refrigerants should only be bouight from reputable sources in order to ensure the safe and efficient operation of equipment.
Andrea Voigt, director general of EPEE, said: “We have supported the F-Gas Regulation and the transition towards lower GWP refrigerants right from the start. We cannot afford such loopholes in the implementation and lack of coordinated enforcement, especially now as the world has agreed on a global phase-down of HFCs under the Kigali Amendment, which will enter into force in those countries that have ratified it in less than three months.

“There is no need for illegal imports. Sustainable and lower GWP refrigerants and technologies are available today to contribute to meeting the requirements under the F-Gas Regulation.”

Olivier Janin, secretary general of AREA, the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump contractors’ association, said: “Authorities are ultimately responsible for the proper enforcement of the F-Gas Regulation and we call on all actors, including EU and national competent authorities, to also play their part in enforcing stricter controls at EU borders.”