The Council's Committee of Permanent Representatives endorsed on 18 December an agreement reached between the institutions on the Commission's proposal to significantly reduce emissions of fluorinated gases (F-gases) including the so-called HFCs.
In welcoming the agreement, European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard said: "I am very happy to see that our proposal to limit fluorinated gases was unanimously supported by the Council. This legislation will substantially reduce emissions from these extremely powerful greenhouse gases, while spurring technological development and innovation in the European industry. I also hope that this agreement will give renewed political momentum to come to a global agreement on phasing down fluorinated gases under the Montreal protocol."
The new legislation on fluorinated gases F-gases will: