UK facing heat pump crisis as EU bows to eco mob AND bans critical supplies | Science | News

The EU is looking to phase out HFCs, a type of f-gas or fluorinated gas which are used in air conditioning and refrigerants as a replacement for CFCs, which were devastating the ozone layer. While HFCs do not harm the ozone layers like their predecessor, they do have a significant impact on global warming, with trifluoromethane having 11,700 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide. Due to its role in aggravating climate change, the EU originally vowed to slash the quota of gas allowed for industry to almost a third of 2015 levels by 2024.

They also plan to reduce the use further to 20 percent by the end of the decade.

However, new proposed plans aim to cut HFC use in EU industries down to a mere five percent by 2030, and experts have warned that the UK could follow suit.

However, experts have warned that an accelerated ban on these gases could hamstring the rollout of heat pumps in the UK and EU.

The fears of an HFC gas shortage have also worsened by the spike in demand for air conditioners following the record-breaking heatwave in Europe.

Martyn Cooper, commercial manager at the UK’s Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, which represents heating and cooling companies, including the heat-pump industry, told the Telegraph: “The bottom line is there wouldn’t be enough f-gases to service existing equipment in the market, be they heat pumps or not.

“It would potentially impact on the rollout of heat pumps because there wouldn’t be enough f-gases to go in them now.

“Potentially you have one environmental regulation, f-gas regulation, impinging on the move to net zero.”

Mr Cooper noted that there are other factors that could affect the UK government’s target of installing 600,000 heat pumps by 2030, like the lack of trained engineers to install the technology.

However, he added that there could be a scenario where there are not enough heat pumps manufactured to meet the targets.

Earlier this year, the European Heat Pump Federation warned against imposing a harsher limit, adding that it would “necessarily slow down the speed at which heat-pump equipment will be deployed”.

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