“The evidence available suggests illegal imports are continuing at a significant level undermining the objectives of the F-Gas Regulation to reduce emissions and promote a switch to lower GWP refrigerants.”— EFCTC
The global HVACR industry stands against the illegal import of HFCs. The industry’s position on illegal imports is united and well-established: illegal imports must be identified and illegal trade must be stopped.
Illegal imports can irreparably damage the industry’s ability to adhere to supplier quotas, bans on higher-GWP refrigerants, and service and maintenance regulations. Use of illegally traded refrigerants can lead to higher emissions numbers and disrupt the transition to lower-GWP refrigerants.1
The success of the Kigali Amendment, which introduced a global phase-down for high-GWP HFCs, depends on proper enforcement preventing illegal trade. Illegal trade also causes safety concerns and potentially results in significant penalties or legal issues.
globalFACT fully supports and endorses the European Fluorocarbon Technical Committee’s (EFCTC) efforts to combat illegal imports and trade.
A key piece of the industry’s effort to fight back is EFCTC’s Action Line — a confidential mechanism for reporting illegal activity.
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