Uses of fluorinated gas (F gas) that you must record and report on.
Record F gases
You can use your own system to keep records.
You must record how much F gas you produce or import.
If you produce equipment containing F gas you need to keep records of the:
- type of equipment that contains F gas if the F gas had not previously been placed on the market before charging
- quantity of each F gas that is being phased down that the equipment contains
- delivery notes and invoices from the F gas supplier
- declaration of conformity
- customs documents
If you import equipment containing F gas, you need to keep records of the:
- type of equipment imported that contains F gas
- number of units of each type of equipment you placed on the market
- quantity of each F gas that is being phased down that you imported within equipment
- declaration of conformity
- customs documents
If you import equipment that contains F gas, and that F gas had already been placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), exported and charged in the equipment outside GB, you must keep the:
- delivery note or invoice from the organisation that placed the F gas on the market in GB
- declaration that they have reported them as placed on the market
If you destroy F gas, you must keep records of:
- how much of each gas you destroy
- the technologies used to destroy the gases
- the quantity of each of the gases that you have in stock at the end of the year waiting to destroy
If you use F gas as feedstock, you must keep records of how much of each gas you use.
Report F gases
You must report F gases if, in the previous calendar year, you:
- produced, imported or exported 1 tonne of F gas, or F gas equivalent to 100 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide (CO2) - you must also submit an independently audited verification document for F gas equivalent to 10,000 tonnes or more of CO2
- destroyed 1 tonne of F gas or F gas equivalent to 1,000 tonnes or more of CO2
- placed F gas that you must report on equivalent to 500 tonnes or more of CO2 in pre-charged equipment on the market - you must also submit an independently audited verification document
- placed precharged refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment on the market if hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) contained in the equipment have not been placed on the market before - with an independently audited verification document
If you used HFCs, perfluorocarbons or sulphur hexafluoride equivalent to 1,000 tonnes of CO2 as feedstock in the previous calendar year, you must submit a F gas report.
Find out how to calculate the weight of an F gas in carbon dioxide equivalent.
You must report by 31 March of the year after the reporting year. For example, report on your use in 2020 by 31 March 2021.
The deadline for reporting and submitting verification to the Environment Agency will not change.
How to report
You must report:
- EU (including GB) F gas activity between 1 January and 31 December 2020 on the EU system by 31 March 2021
- GB F gas activity between 1 January and 31 December 2021 on the GB reporting system by 31 March 2022
You can register now for a GB F gas account to get an organisation ID for the GB reporting system.
Getting your report verified
If you report that you produced or imported HFCs equivalent to 10,000 tonnes of CO2 in the previous calendar year, an independent verifier must verify your report.
You can use a:
- verifier accredited to verify greenhouse gas emission reports or tonne-kilometre reports under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
- verifier that is accredited to verify financial statements
The verifier will check your data on:
- substances you produced, imported and exported
- main areas of application
- quantities you placed on the market
- exempt uses of the HFCs
- quantities you recycled, reclaimed or destroyed
- authorisations you granted to equipment manufacturers and importers
If you report that you supplied any quantity of HFCs directly to an exporter in the previous calendar year then you must get an independent verifier to verify this data.
Keep your verification report for 5 years.
You’ll need to be able to show it to your regulator.
If you import pre-charged equipment containing HFCs, an independent auditor must verify:
- the accuracy and consistency of your declaration of conformity and annual reports
- that you had enough quota authorisations to import the HFCs in the equipment
Submit your verification report
Submit your verification report by 30 June each year for data on the previous calendar year.
You must submit your verification report on
- EU (including GB) activity between 1 January and 31 December 2020 on the EU system by 30 June 2021
- GB F gas activity between 1 January and 31 December 2021 to <f-gassupport@ enviroment-agency.gov.uk> by 30 June 2022
You are breaking the law if you do not submit your report by the deadline, or do not have the report verified. See the Environment Agency enforcement sanctions policy