Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Fluorinated gases (F-gases)

Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) are a group of chemicals containing fluorine. F-gases are powerful greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.

Common uses for F-gases include refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, aerosols, solvents, foam blowing agents, firefighting fluids and high voltage switchgear.

If you manufacture, supply, use, install or service equipment containing F-gases, or if you manufacture or supply F-gases, you must comply with legislation which aims to limit such releases.

This guideline explains what F-gases, how different types of businesses can comply with the F-gas legislation, and how the legislation is enforced.

Old equipment may contain Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) These are gases that are now banned in new products across the EU. ODS include chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). If you have old equipment that you think may contain ODS, read our guidance:

Ozone Depleting Substances

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