NETHERLANDS: Dutch authorities have taken coercive action against two public limited companies for importing more than 8,000 air conditioners and heat pumps without the necessary F gas quota.
According to the Inspectorate for the Human Environment and Transport (ILT), the Dutch body responsible for enforcing F-gas regulations, the two companies illegally imported around 128 heat pumps and 8,230 air conditioners on the European market over the past two years. All of them contained HFCs.
The units originated from China and were sold to customers in Europe.
The ILT would have drawn up a report against the two companies. The public prosecutor determines the sanction. In addition, the ILT imposed a penalty on both companies. For heat pumps, the amount of the fine to be collected can amount to a maximum of € 345,000 and up to € 500,000 for air conditioners.
Under the European F-gas regulation (517/2014), producers and importers of fluorinated greenhouse gases must have a European registration and an allocated quota.
In the Netherlands, ILT oversees the entire chain of production, import, export, resale and application. The Inspectorate is working closely with Dutch customs, among others, to put an end to these imports.