Brussels, 29 January 2024: The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), representing manufacturing companies and associations operating in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, today noted the European Council vote on the F-gas Regulation Revision and its intention to work with the European Commission to allow for efficient, harmonised implementation across all Member States.
“Our members will be working to implement this new regulation to achieve further reductions in greenhouse gases. Our aim is always to support Europe’s action on climate change with highly efficient products that EU citizens rely on every day,” said Russell Patten, Director General of EPEE.
EPEE noted the final compromise text is an improvement compared to the European Commission and Parliament proposals, but there remains a lack of clear definitions in the Revision, as well as insufficient consideration of the better regulation agenda and energy efficiency first principles. It also expressed concern about varying rules across Member States, which could hinder implementation efforts.
“We are a key partner in successfully implementing this regulation and helping the EU achieve the goals associated with this revision,” said Patten. “Without proper implementation in coordination with industry, a reduction in emissions and widespread use of climate-friendly technologies will turn out to be only dreams rather than reality.”
EPEE called for improved impact assessment and on-time study reports for future review, to allow for industry to plan accordingly and meet the EU’s critical sustainability goals.