Managing fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances

How F gas and ODS regulations are enforced

Several organisations enforce the fluorinated greenhouse gas (F gas) and ozone-depleting substance (ODS) regulations. If you do not comply you can be fined.

Organisations regulating F gas and ODS equipment and processes

  • Industrial facilities with pollution prevention and control permits are regulated by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).
  • Commercial and retail businesses and some industrial facilities are regulated by local councils, and NIEA in some cases.
  • Offshore oil, gas and water and wind installations are regulated by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (UK).

Regulating organisations can ensure compliance with F gas and ODS legislation by serving information notices, enforcement notices or prohibition notices. Failure to comply with a notice can result in a fine.

Important: The UK will regulate F gas and ODS if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

You can find out more about F gas and ODS regulation if there's a no deal Brexit.

If you work with F gas and ODS in the Republic of Ireland you need to update your certification to continue working after 31 October 2019.

F gas and ODS information notices

These may be issued to people by regulators in order to obtain further information within set deadlines.

F gas and ODS enforcement notices

Regulators issue enforcement notices if they suspect that businesses are in breach of the regulations. They include a description of the problem, how it can be solved and the date by which it must be fixed.

F gas and ODS prohibition notices

Regulators can serve prohibition notices if they believe specific requirements of the regulations have been or are in danger of being breached, leading to an imminent danger of serious pollution.

Prohibition notices include a description of the problem, how it can be solved and the date by which it must be fixed. They may require you to take action immediately. Prohibition notices can include an order to close down a piece of equipment or a whole site. They will explain the damage that pollution is causing.