HFC Phase Down

In Ireland, the operation and maintenance of refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pump and fire suppressant equipment is currently heavily reliant on a category of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). As part of EU policy to combat climate change, Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases aims to cut the EU’s F-gas emissions by two-thirds by 2030 compared with the quantity placed on the market over the period 2009 – 2012 through several measures including:-

  • a phase down of HFC use through an EU quota system;
  • a number of equipment use bans; and
  • service and maintenance bans for very high Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants.


EPA Guidance


HFC Phase Down Seminar 

The Department of Communications, Climate Action & the Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a joint seminar on the 4th December 2017 to inform stakeholders, and especially owners of refrigerant and air conditioning equipment, of the implications of the HFC phase down if they don’t switch to lower GWP refrigerants and actions they should take to ensure the continued operation of this equipment. Please refer to the following presentations:


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