Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

How F-gas regulations are enforced

F-gas regulations - how they are enforced

Several organisations enforce the fluorinated greenhouse gas (F-gas) regulations. If you do not comply you can be fined.

In Northern Ireland legislation on F-gases is enforced as follows

Regulating organisation Type of equipment/machinery
Local councils or the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in particular cases Commercial and retail businesses/ Industrial sites not covered by the NIEA, i.e. not part A installations
NIEA Part A installations. Offshore installations used for the generation of energy from water or wind.
Department of Energy and Climate Change Offshore installations other than those used for the generation of energy from water and wind.

The Secretary of State (in practice, usually the GB Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)) must enforce these Regulations in relation to offshore installations.

In Scotland legislation on F-gases is enforced as follows

Regulating organisation Type of equipment/machinery
Local councils Commercial and retail businesses/Industrial sites not covered by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
SEPA Industrial facilities with pollution prevention and control permits
The Scottish ministers through Marine Scotland Offshore oil, gas, water and wind installations


Regulating organisations can ensure compliance with F-gas legislation by serving information notices and enforcement notices. Breach of a requirement under an enforcement notice would be an offence.

Information notices

These may be issued to people by regulators in order to obtain further information within set deadlines. Failure to comply with the terms of an information notice is considered grounds for the issue of an enforcement notice.

Enforcement notices

Regulators issue enforcement notices if they suspect that businesses are in breach of the regulations. They include a description of the problem, how it can be solved and the date by which it must be fixed.

Advice and guidance

F-gas Support provide targeted advice and guidance to help businesses comply with their legal requirements. This UK wide service is now provided by the Environment Agency.


 In this Guideline

What is the 2020 refrigeration F-gas ban?

What are fluorinated gases?

Phase down of F-gases 2015 – 2030

Calculating the equipment charge as CO2 equivalent

Stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps: F-gas controls

Fire protection equipment

Mobile air conditioning (cars and vans): F-gas controls

Solvent cleaning: F-gas controls

Producing and supplying fluids: F-gas controls

Specialist uses of F-gases

How F-gas regulations are enforced

F-Gas Legislation

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