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Brexit: Using and trading F gas and ozone-depleting substances

13 August 2019

How businesses can continue to trade and deal in fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances in the UK and EU if there’s no EU withdrawal deal

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the UK will regulate fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gas) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

What is F gas and ODS?
F gas and ODS are substances used mainly as refrigerants, but also in other products including:

  • medical inhalers
  • fire extinguishers
  • insulation foams
  • solvents
  • feedstocks for the manufacture of other chemicals

Who will the changes affect?
The no deal changes will affect you if you:

  • produce, supply, import, export or use bulk F gas or ODS 
  • manufacture or import equipment containing F gas or ODS

What will change?
F gas and ODS regulations will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, including:

  • the new quota, reporting and licensing systems for F gas and ODS
  • how to apply for quota for 2019 and subsequent years
  • how to convert EU quota authorisations into UK authorisations
  • how to continue your eligibility for an EU quota to place hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) on the EU market

If you place products on the EU market after exit, you will still need to comply with EU regulations.

Further information
GOV.UK has detailed guidance for business on the implications of a no-deal Brexit for F gas and ODS management. This covers topics including: