Transfer and authorise F gas quota to another business

How to transfer fluorinated gas (F gas) quota to another producer or importer.

If you’re an F gas quota holder you can manage your fluorinated gas (F gas) quota to:

  • transfer some of your quota to another producer or importer of bulk hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - the most common type of F gas
  • authorise another company to use some or all of your quota to import or manufacture pre-charged equipment
  • delegate quota authorisations to a third party

Quota expires on 31 December each year. You must complete your transaction before 31 December for it to count towards that same calendar year.

You cannot transfer:

  • any of your quota if you’re a new entrant (you did not place HFCs on the market between 2015 and 2019)
  • additional quota you’ve applied for as an incumbent
  • delegated authorisations if you’re an importer or manufacturer of pre-charged equipment
  • quota between the EU system and the system for Great Britain

If you’re a new entrant and you authorise an equipment importer to use your quota, you’ll need to demonstrate you have physically supplied the HFCs.

If you’re a bulk quota holder or an authorisation manager with quota authorisations, you can delegate these to a third party. Read guidance on importing or manufacturing equipment pre-charged with HFCs.

Updates to this page

Published 9 September 2019
Last updated 2 August 2022 + show all updates
  1. This page has been re-written to provide more accurate information on how to transfer and authorise F gas quota to another business. Information on importing pre-charged equipment, getting quota authorisations and delegations, labelling and product bans has been removed and relocated to a new page 'Import, export or manufacture equipment pre-charged with F gas'. Information on importing bulk HFCs to pre-charge equipment for export has been moved to the page ‘Applying for quota to produce or import bulk F gas’. Information on converting EU quota authorisations into GB authorisations has been removed.

  2. Updated with guidance on rules from 1 January 2021.

  3. First published.

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