In the Norwegian state budget, which is to be adopted today (12 December), there is a tax increase of over 44% on used HFC refrigerants, to kick in from 1 January 2014. The fee on HFCs was introduced in 2004. One year later, the country established a reimbursement scheme for these gases.
The Norwegian heat pump association (NOVAP) reacts: "We believe that with such a sharp tax increase, the return system must be restructured so that the costs of transport and handling fees are covered by the fee, which should be fully reimbursed to the company that supplies the used refrigerant. This will be an important step in order to bring back used refrigerants from many small installed heat pumps that should be replaced until 2020", says Bård Baardsen (Secretary General, NOVAP).
Emissions from the use of F-gases in products in 2010 amounted to a total of about 1.5 per cent of the Norwegian emissions measured in CO2 equivalents. The emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) has increased from the mid 1990s when these gases were phased in as replacements for ozone-depleting gases in the products. The EU is regulating fluorinated gases through the 2006 F-gas regulation, which aims to reduce emissions of F-gases through measures such as import restrictions, requirements for leak checks and certification of personnel and companies working with gases. From 1 September 2013 is the EU F-Gas Regulation also been applied in Norway. At the moment, the EU institutions are finalising the review of this F-gas regulation, thus soon the current one will be replaced by a new one.