Tackling Climate Crime
Widely used in refrigeration and air-conditioning, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are the fastest growing group of greenhouse gases globally. HFCs are super pollutants that generate huge amounts of warming over their short atmospheric lifetimes. The EU F-Gas Regulation seeks to phase them down in favor of climate-friendly refrigerants but due to high prices in the EU and lack of knowledge of the existence of the legislation, illegal trade has emerged.
In this project, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) wants to investigate the illegal HFC trade in Europe and ensure that member states live up to the regulations that exist and that the use of these gases will be further reduced by almost 80% by 2030. The EIA has worked successfully to combat the illegal trade of HFCs for 25 years and has good contacts with authorities in the Member States.
The project is supported with 3 000 000 SEK.