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Are You Ready For The New F-Gas Regulations?

13th Aug 2014

The revised F-Gas Regulation No 517/2014 has been published on May 20 in the Official Journal of the European Union. The text entered into force on June 9 and will apply from January 1st 2015 onwards. 

These regulations will drive substantial change in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. The regulations will cap and phase-down the supply of HFCs, and will restrict the use of HFCs with a GWP of 2500 and above through the implementation of both new equipment bans and servicing and maintenance bans. R404A is the most commonly used high-GWP refrigerant gas.

The Draft Proposal’s main elements are :

  • A gradual HFC phase-down, with a freeze in 2015, first reduction step in 2016 and reaching 21% of the HFC quantities sold in 2008-2011 by 2030. Quantities allowed to be placed on the market will be allocated by a quota system.
  • A number of market restrictions (with different deadlines) for HFCs having a GWP higher than 150 in domestic refrigerators and freezers or movable air-conditioners, and higher than 2,500 in commercial refrigerators and freezers.
  • A ban by 2020 of servicing existing refrigeration equipment with HFCs having a GWP higher then 2,500, and a ban by 2022 of equipment with a GWP higher than 150.

As a reference:

  • R404a has a GWP of 3922+
  • R134a has a GWP of 1430
  • R290 (Propane) has a GWP of 3.3

With Novum, you can be sure your equipment will be within the regulations for years to come by ordering R290 (Propane) in your equipment. For more information please contact your local Novum representative or email us at

For more information on F-gas regulation visit the website of European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE)

To access the full F-gas Regulation in different languages please visit the dedicated website of European Commission.

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