May 22, 2014

Fluorinated Gases (“F-Gases”) are powerful greenhouse gases with a global warming effect of up to 23,000 times greater than carbon dioxide and their emissions are rising. Therefore, the European Union has taken and is continuing to take regulatory action to reduce F-Gas emissions by two thirds by 2030 as part of its wider policy to combat climate change.

The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas (Regulations) (Northern Ireland) 2014 (the 2014 Regulations) amend the current F-Gas Regulations of 2009. The 2014 Regulations came into operation on 23 April 2014 and may affect any operator whose work involves certain off shore installations in Northern Ireland territorial waters. The main provisions of the 2014 Regulations include:-

• Off shore installations producing energy from water or wind will now fall within the definition of an off shore installation as defined in Regulation 2 of the 2009 Regulations;

• The Department of the Environment becomes the authority responsible for the enforcement of the Regulations in relation to off shore installations used for generation of energy from water or wind.

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