F gases are controlled by European Regulations (EC) No. 517/2014 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2067 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases. Regulation 517/2014 aims to cut EU emissions of F-gases by two thirds by 2030 compared to levels in 2014.
The F-gas Regulation:
Controls emissions of F-gases by requiring leak checking, proper servicing and maintenance of F-gas equipment and recovery of F-gases at end of life.
Introduces bans on the use of F-gases where less harmful alternatives are available.
Limits the total amount of F-gases that can be sold in the EU through phased reductions in imports.
The main uses of fluorinated greenhouse gases are in stationary and mobile refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, fire protection, high voltage switch gear, semiconductor production as well as in foams, aerosols and metered dose inhalers.
The Environmental Protection Agency is the competent authority for enforcing the laws controlling these gases. One of the enforcement powers designated to the EPA under the Irish Legislation is the power to inspect any company involved in handling ODS-F-gases.
Tel: +353 53 916 0600
Address: Ozone Depleting Substances, Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford