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Development of HFC prices (GEN – 1083.00)

22 January 2020

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European Policy

Development of HFC prices (GEN – 1083.00)

22 January 2020

2 min read

GEN – 1083.00. On behalf of the European Commission (DG CLIMA), Öko-Recherche is working on a series of analysis evaluating the implementation of the F-Gas Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 since 2015. This includes, among others, monitoring of the refrigerant prices. The Q3/2019 report has been recently shared with Eurovent.

Öko-Recherche, on behalf of the European Commission (DG CLIMA), works on the monitoring of HFC prices. This is an ongoing activity started in 2016.

Background of the Q3/2019 report

The price data on refrigerants are obtained from 84 companies from eleven EU Member States (main respondents from France, Germany, Italy and Poland) and all supply chain levels (3 gas producers, 6 gas distributors, 28 OEMs, 36 service companies, 5 and-users and 2 other companies) reported purchase and/or selling prices for HFCs and lower GWP alternatives.

It is to be noted that companies do not report prices for all refrigerants but only for the ones relevant to them.

Findings of the Q3/2019 report

  • This quarter was said to be characterised by oversupply of refrigerants and further price declines. Some companies reported that customers were rather reluctant to build up stocks. Strongest price reductions for R404A, R410A and R134a were reported at gas producer (selling prices) or gas distributor (purchase prices) level, respectively.
  • However, HFC prices were still several times higher than before the F-gas Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 entered into force (OEM level: + 300% (R134a), + 500% (R410A) / service companies: + 300-600%). Average selling prices of service companies reached a comparable price level to that at the beginning of 2018.
  • According to gas distributors, demand for synthetic low GWP alternatives was said to be low due to further price reductions of conventional HFC refrigerants. Prices of these alternatives remained rather stable, while some declines were recorded in purchase and selling prices of service companies.
  • Prices for reclaimed R404A received from French service companies ranged from 13,50 to 40 EUR/kg. In cases where companies provided the gas themselves, the price was at the lower end of this range.
  • Quota authorisations reached a price level of 3-5 EUR/t CO2e (reported by eight companies), which is comparable to 2015/2016 price levels.

Recommended Actions

Manufacturers using refrigerants may find it useful to check the report as it provides additional information. Some may even find it useful to participate in the price monitoring activities.

Related documents and links

All related documents and articles can be found in the respective sections in the right sidebar.

  • GEN – 1083.01 – Öko-Recherche Excerpt Price monitoring Q3/2019
  • GEN – 1064.00 – Development of HFC prices Q2-2019
  • GEN – 1057.00 – Price evolutions refrigerants and French carbon tax
  • GEN – 1043.00 – Development of HFC prices
  • GEN – 969.00 – F-Gas industry roundtable
  • GEN – 958.00 – F-Gas recent publications
  • GEN – 896.00 – Öko-Recherche – Monitoring survey on refrigerant prices
  • GEN – 890.00 – F-Gas Regulation Consultation Forum 6 March 2018


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