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 those in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, aerosols, solvents, foam blowing agents, firefighting fluids, high voltage switchgear, and medical equipment and products - such as inhalers and scanners.

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 includes a quota scheme which aims to reduce the amount of F-gas available in Europe by 2030.

This guideline explains what F-gases are, 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), such as R22. ODS 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.

EU-Exit: From UK Government

Fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances: how to do business from 1 January 2021