General legislative framework
During the period 2008-2012, the European Union was committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 8% compared to the base year 1990. To reduce the emission of these F-gases, the Regulation (EC) No8422/2006 on F-gas Regulation was adopted on 17 May 2006.
The main aim of this regulation was to reduce emissions through:
Better containment of F-Gases in their applications;
Recovery of F-Gases from products and equipment reaching their end of life;
Training and certification of technical personnel and companies working with F-Gases;
Reporting of production, import and export data within the EU;
Labelling of certain products and equipment containing those gases;
Prohibition of placing on the market some products containing F-Gases and the control of use in some specific applications.