The EU Regulation 517/2014 (F-Gases Regulation) has been in force since 01 January 2015. It prescribes the reduction of fluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases with a high global warming potential in the EU for the refrigerant industry and importers, and is the driver of an enormous price explosion for these refrigerants.
By 2030, for example, the quantities of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) placed on the EU market must be gradually reduced to one fifth of today's sales volumes. A significant milestone was reached in 2018 - in comparison to the previous year, around 30 percent less of the affected refrigerantes were allowed to be placed on the market.
"The F-Gas Regulation has several consequences: on the one hand, it leads to a shortage of classic refrigerants on the market and thus to significantly higher prices. On the other hand, refrigerant manufacturers have brought a large number of substitutes onto the market with which our customers do not yet have any experience," explains Steffen Rieger, Director Sales & Technical Marketing, Thermal Solutions at Wieland.