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F-Gas roundtable (GEN – 1020.00)

19 April 2019

2 min read
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General

F-Gas roundtable (GEN – 1020.00)

19 April 2019

2 min read

GEN – 1020.00. The F-Gas industry roundtable, organised by EPEE, brings together at regular intervals stakeholders to discuss progress in implementing the F-Gas Regulation. About 60 stakeholders attended the roundtable. As usual, the Öko-Recherche report was useful.

Development of HFC prices

Julia Kleinschmidt from Öko-Recherche presented the outcome of the monitoring of HFC prices that started in 2016. It is an ongoing activity commissioned by DG Clima. The price data on refrigerants are obtained from 62 companies. These include 12 companies active in commercial refrigeration, 10 chiller manufacturers, 10 heat pump manufacturers, 9 active in industrial refrigeration, 9 active in stationary air conditioning plus some others.

By mid-2018 the price of high GWP refrigerants peaked. Since then and during the first quarter of 2019 the prices decrease. The price level remains very high compared to the period 2014-2017. No shortages are reported.

The price evolution of alternative refrigerants (R 32, R 424A, R448A, R449A, R513A, and R1234 yf) has been monitored since 2017. The refrigerants with a GWP below 750 have remained stable in price. The others showed an increase but lately these are decreasing.

It must be reminded that 2018 was the year when a 30% phase-down started, the next major step is an 18% phasedown in 2021.

Details on the prices can be found in the presentation slides 5 to 17 (GEN – 1020.02).

It is assumed that most of illegal refrigerants relate to automotive air conditioning.

Recommended Actions

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

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