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EU issues warning to Greece over fluorinated greenhouse gases

Source: EnetEnglish.gr | April 25th, 2013
Location: European Union
Industry type: Greenhouse/Ozone Gases

The government has been given two months to comply with EU law

Greece will be referred to the EU Court of Justice if it fails to comply with EU laws on fluorinated greenhouse gases, the European Commission said on Thursday.

Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are powerful greenhouse gases with a high global warming potential, widely used in refrigeration and air-conditioning products and equipment, heat pumps, fire protection systems and fire extinguishers.

EU law requires companies to take a range of measures to reduce leaks from equipment containing F-gases and to recover the gases at the end of the equipment’s lifetime.

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the Commission notes that so far Greece has failed to indicate which national bodies should certify the relevant service companies and is asking the government to comply with the rules within two months.