Europe quietly bids adieu to climate-wrecking F-gases

(EurActiv, 17 Jan 2024) Fluorinated gases will be phased down to near zero by 2030, according to a new regulation agreed on Tuesday (16 January) in the European Parliament that will officially become law later this year.

F-gases are a family of refrigerants that were introduced in the 1990s to replace the ozone-depleting CFCs and HCFCs but which are 140 to 23,500 times more harmful than CO2 for the climate.

Today, the sector is responsible for 2.5% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the European Commission proposed to phase them down in a proposal tabled in 2021.

The European Parliament concluded the legislative process on Tuesday (16 January), with a text that was accepted with 457 votes in favour and 92 against.

The last step in the procedure will be formal approval by EU countries, which is expected to be only a formality after a polticial deal was struck with Parliament in October.

“Putting an end to F-gases is crucial, not only because these gases are extremely harmful for the climate, but we are also providing clarity and investment certainty for industry,” said the Greens’ Bas Eickhout, who led the negotiations on behalf of Parliament. 

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EurActiv, 17 Jan 2024: Europe quietly bids adieu to climate-wrecking F-gases