The House of Lords has confirmed the government’s plans to continue looking for ways to speed up the reduction in use of fluorinated gases (F-gases), including those used in refrigeration and air conditioning, despite the UK’s departure from the EU.
Responding to a written question from environmental campaigner Baroness Worthington on government plans to review the F-gas regulations ahead of COP26, Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, who is minister of state at DEFRA, confirmed the position already set out in the House of Commons.
‘The UK has a legal requirement to review the F-gas Regulation and publish a comprehensive report by no later than 31 December 2022,’ he said. ‘DEFRA is now beginning internal work on the review and intends to engage with stakeholders on the work later this year.
‘The review will include an assessment of opportunities for faster and further action on phasing down F-gases.’