REPowering the EU with a realistic F-gas regulation

On 5 April 2022, the European Commission made a legislative proposal to revise the F-Gas Regulation in line with the European Green Deal, the European Climate Law and recent international obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

E.DSO together with over 40 other signatories, including the largest power utilities, national and European trade associations from the Power Industry, today published a statement supporting the European Commission decarbonisation objectives and its ambition to cut F-gas related emissions as a step towards climate neutrality. Europe’s power industries are committed to adopting a sustainable approach in their activities and support the phasing out of SF6-based technologies in the EU’s power grid.

To achieve the EU’s sustainability and decarbonisation objectives, however, the following conditions must be taken into consideration:

  1. The SF6 phase-out must be done in a timely and realistic manner to ensure the crucial safety and reliability of the power grid.
  2. At the same time Europe needs a rapid and continuous expansion of its electricity networks to deliver its decarbonisation objectives.
  3. The F-gas regulation should therefore focus on promoting the deployment of new technologies in new projects, while allowing existing equipment to continue to operate until the end of its useful life.
  4. Any retroactive measure on existing installations will negatively affect the future deployment of renewable electricity generation. This will make it harder to achieve climate neutrality in time.

Read the full statement for more information.

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