A lack of enforcement was identified as a major barrier to the European F-gas phase-down. Tim Vink expressed concern that new entrants can start up, claim quota, exceed quota, then go bankrupt. Established refrigerant distributors were suffering as a result, he said.
“Lets get together and make sure enforcement is a high priority,” he pleaded.
Cornelius Rhein, the EC’s policy officer of DG Climate Action, promised improvements to European customs controls in an effort to beat the cheats. In addition to the customs codes for individual refrigerants, the EC was working towards extending this to include customs for pre-charged equipment.
The conference organised by EPEE in association with EVIA covered a range of topics. In addition to the impact of the F-gas rules, the conference also looked at the role of refrigeration in reducing food waste, indoor air quality and energy efficiency in buildings.
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