Regulation (EC) 842/2006 aims to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases through a number of measures including containment, recovery and the use of bans for some equipment. A full application of the Regulation, together with the MAC Directive (2006/40/EC), would make it possible to avoid almost half of projected emissions by 2050, stabilising F-gas emissions at today's levels. However, in the context of the overall EU objective to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80–95 % by 2050, further emission reductions for F-gases are needed. Consequently, the Commission intends to present a legislative proposal for revising the Regulation in 2012.
As the preliminary part of this work, the Commission has carried out studies on possible options for cost-effective reductions and assessing their potential economic, social and environmental impacts. A meeting with stakeholders will be held where options for further action and the outcome of the public consultation which concluded on 19 December 2011 will be presented, followed by an exchange of views with participants.