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Hydrofluorocarbons

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the amount of hydrofluorocarbon emissions which would be saved by (a) reducing the use of hydrofluorocarbons through reducing leakage and improving energy efficiency and (b) the introduction of a widespread ban; and if he will make a statement. (305884)

The impact assessment (IA) for the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009 published in February, considered the impacts of the action taken to regulate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through the EC F Gas Regulation and 10 associated Commission Regulations. The principal objective of these measures is to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of HFCs. The IA considered both the “direct” savings relating to reductions in HFC emissions and also the “indirect” savings resulting from reduced energy consumption. A copy of the IA is available on the DEFRA website at:

www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/air/fgas/documents/impact-assessment.pdf

The introduction of a widespread ban on HFC use would lead to significant global reductions in HFC emissions that would otherwise not occur. However, the timing and scale of reductions would depend on how such a ban was implemented.