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Consequences of
PFAS & F-GAS restrictions

PFAS regulation

 

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has unveiled a proposal that would ban the production, use, and sale of about 10,000 perand poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the European Union. The proposed ban, which includes time-limited exemptions for some PFAS uses, aims to keep the persistent chemicals out of the environment and reduce human health risks. At Area we are working on different product range since years in order to offer the best solution according to final approved regulation.

Ban of the following gases and mixtures:

In short, all HFCs and HFOs will be affected by the bans except R32 and R152a.

Timeline:

13 January 2023

Restriction proposal
submitted to ECHA

7 February 2023

Proposal made available on ECHA’s website

22 March 2023

Start of a six-month open consultation

April 2023

ECHA committees’ evaluation

ECHA’s committees adopt their opinions

Opinions of ECHA’s committees sent to the EU Commission

F Gas regulation

There are 3 proposals: 1 from EU Commission, 1 from EU Parliament and 1 from EU Council of Ministers.

As next step the “Trilogue” will discuss the final proposal and release the definitive version. Below phase down proposals and in next tabs direct bans details:

Steps:

Years Max Quantity in tonnes CO2 equivalent
2024-2026 41.701.077
2027-2029 17.688.360
2030-2032 9.132.097
2033-2035 8.445.713
2036-2038 6.782.265
2039-2041 6.136.732
2042-2044 5.491.199
2045-2047 4.845.666
2048 onwards 4.200.133

Bans:

Equipment Limit (GWP) Date
Refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (self-contained equipment) ≤ 150 01/01/2024
Any self-contained refrigeration equipment ≤ 150 01/01/2025
Stationary refrigeration equipment that contains, or whose functioning relies upon, except equipment intended for applications designed to cool products to temperatures below – 50 °C ≤ 2500 01/01/2025
Plug-in room, monoblock and other self-contained airconditioning and heat pump equipment ≤ 150 01/01/2026
A/C and Heat Pump: Single split systems including fixed double duct systems containing less than 3 kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases ≤ 750 01/01/2027
Single split systems containing less than 3 kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases ≤ 750 01/01/2025
A/C and Heat Pump: Split systems of a rated capacity ≤12 kW ≤ 150 except when required to meet safety requirements. 01/01/2028
A/C and Heat Pump: Split systems of a rated capacity ≥ 12 kW ≤ 750 except when required to meet safety requirements. 01/01/2028

Steps:

Years Max Quantity in tonnes CO2 equivalent
2024-2026 41.701.077
2027-2029 20.888.360
2030-2032 9.132.097
2033-2035 8.445.713
2036-2038 6.782.265
2039-2041 4.138.941
2042-2044 3.247.259
2045-2047 1.623.629
2048-2049 811.814
2050 onwards 0

Bans:

Equipment Limit (GWP) Date
Domestic refrigerators and freezers NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2025
Stationary refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (self-contained equipment) NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2024
Any stationary self-contained refrigeration equipment NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2025
Stationary refrigeration equipment except equipment intended for applications designed to cool products to temperatures be– 50 °C NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2025
Stationary refrigeration equipment NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2027
Vans and ships NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2027
Trucks, trailers and reefer NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2029
Plug-in room, monoblock and other self-contained airconditioning and heat pump equipment NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2026
A/C and Heat Pump: Single split systems including fixed double duct systems containing less than 3 kg of fluorinagreenhouse gases NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2027
A/C and Heat Pump: Split systems of a rated capacity ≤12 kW NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2028
A/C and Heat Pump: Split systems of a rated capacity ≥ 12 kW and up to 200 kW ≤ 750 except when required to meet safety standards. 01/01/2027
A/C and Heat Pump: Split systems of a rated capacity ≥ 200 kW NO fluorinated greenhouse gases 01/01/2029

Steps:

Years Max Quantity in tonnes CO2 equivalent
2024-2026 42.874.410
2027-2029 21.665.691
2030-2032 9.132.097
2033-2035 8.445.713
2036-2038 6.782.265
2039-2041 6.136.732
2042-2044 5.491.199
2045-2047 4.845.666
2048 onwards 4.200.133

Bans:

Equipment Limit (GWP) Date
Refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (self-contained equipment) ≤ 150 01/01/2024
Any stationary self-contained refrigeration equipment that contains fluorinated greenhouse gases ≤ 150 except when required to meet safety requirements 01/01/2025
Stationary refrigeration equipment that contains, or whose functioning relies upon, except equipment intended for applications designed to croducts to temperatures below – 50 °C ≤ 2500 01/01/2024
Plug-in room and other self-contained air-conditioning and heat pumps (including all heat pumps in monobloc construction) with a maximum raapacity of 50 kW that contain fluorinated greenhouse gases ≤ 150 except when required to meet safety requirements limit is ≤ 750 01/01/2027
Other self-contained air-conditioning and heat pumps that contain fluorinated greenhouse gases ≤ 150 except when required to meet safety requirements limit is ≤ 750 01/01/2030
Single split systems containing less than 3 kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases ≤ 750 01/01/2025
Split air-to-air systems of a rated capacity of up to and including 12 kW ≤ 150 except when required to meet safety requirements 01/01/2027
Split systems of a rated capacity of more than 12 kW ≤ 750 except when required to meet safety requirements 01/01/2029

At Area we are working on different product range since years in order to offer the best solution according to final approved regulation.

  • Each proposal leads to a different scenario depending on application. At current stage we have to stay at window monitoring situation till final version is released.
  • It’s clear that if EU Parliament proposal will be dinitive will go to a total phase out of HFC and mixtures with only possibility of use of Natural Refrigerants in majority of applications.

We have full product range both for Naturals refrigerant and HFC.

Panasonic and GMCC R290 compressors

Compressors hermetic rotary Panasonic R774

Silent Inverter iCOOL CO2 Transcritical Units

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