Environment F-Gas Verification
Meet the EU’s new fluorinated greenhouse gas (F-gas) regulation with verification services from SGS.
F-gases, a common substitute for a range of man-made ozone-depleting gases, may not damage the ozone layer, but they are powerful greenhouse gases. EU Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases has been introduced to combat climate change and reduce F-gas emissions.
Accredited by UKAS to undertake F-gas verification as part of its EU ETS verification capability, SGS can help you to demonstrate compliance with the regulations reporting requirements.
Who Is Affected by Regulation (EU) No 517/2014?
The regulation has implications for any company that:
- Manufactures, uses or services equipment that contains F-gases, like refrigeration and air conditioning systems, solvents or aerosols
- Produces or wholesales F-gas
- Imports or exports F-gas, or equipment containing F-gas, to or from the European Union (such as white goods, automotive and commercial chilling, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment)
It is anticipated that, in the UK, a significant number of companies that import refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump pre-charged equipment that falls within the scope of the Regulation will require verification.
What Does The F-Gas Regulation Do?
Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 introduces a quota system to control the manufacture and import of F-gases in the EU and requires reporting of production, import, export and destruction of F-gases via a central EU portal.
There are two categories of verification requirements. For companies that:
Manufacture and import certain equipment pre-charged with F-gases (from 2017) – Verification is covered under regulation 2016/879 published in 2016 and requires verification of documentation and declarations of conformity including details of the number of units imported and the type and amount of F-gases included in those units. Initial verification will need to be completed by the end of March 2018
- Produce, import or export and place on the market 10,000 tonnes of CO2e or more of F-gases (from 2015) – Verification is required to confirm the accuracy of the data reported to the EU via the central portal
Contact SGS today to ensure compliance with EU Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases.