Includes the EEA report ‘Fluorinated greenhouse gases 2019’.
A conference on the fight against illegal imports of refrigerant gases into the EU took place in Brussels on 23-24 January. It was organised by the European Anti-Fraud Office (“OLAF”) in close cooperation with two Commission departments, DG TAXUD and DG CLIMA.
EASA and the European Commission (DG-CLIMA) jointly published the ‘Halon replacement in the aviation industry’ guide to support aviation industry in complying with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 (the Ozone Regulation) on halon replacement.
Fluorinated greenhouse gases reported under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change accounted for approximately 3 % of overall greenhouse gas emissions, expressed in tonnes CO2 equivalent, in the EU in 2017. There was a 3 % decline in fluorinated greenhouse emissions in the EU in 2015, the first time a decline had been observed in 15 years. In 2016 and 2017, total fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions decreased by a further 1 % and 2 %, respectively. Increases in SF6 were offset by decreases in HFCs and NF3.
The European Union (EU) has achieved its goals to phase out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report shows that in 2018 the EU again destroyed or exported more ozone-depleting substances than it produced or imported.