ECOS has been involved in discussions on the draft F-Gas Standardisation Request of the European Commission to the European standardisation organisations, which was recently launched for consultation among stakeholders. The Request was initiated following the findings of the F-Gas Consultation Forum, which sought to identify barriers to low Global Warming Potential (GWP) alternatives to HFC refrigerants in European standards, legislation and codes. It found that ‘urgent changes’ in standards were required to ‘achieve the EU HFC phase-down targets’. ECOS had contributed to the F-Gas Consultation Forum to raise awareness of the large obstacles to the use of low-GWP refrigerants in the same standards that permit large quantities of environmentally damaging HFCs.
Despite the findings of the F-Gas Consultation Forum, the draft Standardisation Request has come under fierce lobbying from industrial stakeholders, aiming to reject or substantially reduce the ambition of the Request. ECOS will continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders to protect provisions that would support market participants that want to offer truly low-GWP refrigerants in refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump applications. The Request is expected for adoption or rejection by the standardisation organisations on the 8th of November.