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

5 February 2020

How businesses can continue to trade and deal in fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances after 1 January 2021

The UK will regulate fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gas) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) from 1 January 2021.

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?
From 1 Janaury 2021 the UK will manage its own F gas quota system, including:

  • the new quota, reporting and licensing systems for F gas and ODS
  • how to apply for quota for 2021 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, you will still need to comply with EU regulations.

Further information
GOV.UK has detailed guidance for business on F gas and ODS management from 1 January 2021. This covers topics including: