France passes F-Gas II law
The French decree implementing the F-Gas II law (EC regulation 517-2014) was finally approved at the end of last year.
The Decree No. 2015-1790 dated the 28th of December 2015 was published in the Official Journal on the 30th of December, and entered into force the following day. The decree applies European Regulation No 517/2014, which was adopted in 2014 and entered into force on the 1st of January 2015. The purpose of the regulation is to reduce the climate impact of greenhouse gases and reduce emissions by two-thirds for 2030.
The new regulation therefore covers the storage, use, recovery and recycling of HFCs, PFCs, and other fluorinated greenhouse gases, with the consequence that some products are even banned from sale.
As recorded in the official texts, this decree:
“Regulates the terms and conditions of sale for equipment whose refrigerant load is carried out in a factory but which must be assembled by a company possessing a statutory certification, called” certificate of capacity “. Without changing the distribution channels of the equipment, this ensures that only authorized professionals or any individual or company meeting the regulatory requirements applicable to the assembly of the equipment can take delivery of the equipment.
The decree defines a progressive program of prohibition of the use of various substances subject to Regulation No 1005/2009. It sets an obligation to dispose of those chlorofluorocarbon-type refrigerants which have been subject to prohibitions of use for over ten years. It also establishes the regulatory basis in order to simplify, by ministerial order, the provisions relating to the intervention sheet, mandatory when handling refrigerants. “