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French HFC tax draws nearer Presented to the French parliament at the end of September 2017, the proposed tax on HFCs was not retained as part of France’s finance law for 2018. Ahead of its introduction in parliament, the French HVAC&R sector had collectively opposed the tax with joint letters and initiatives addressed directly to the French environment minister. However, the tax may yet reappear at a later stage. “At the United Nations General Assembly in New York last September, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot recalled his attachment to the tax, although the proposal is not in the legislative calendar for 2018,” Florian Veyssilier, a representative of the Ministry of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, told the industry at Sifa. Philippe Roy, general secretary of SNEFFCA, one of France’s main HVAC&R trade associations, told Accelerate Europe in an exclusive interview: “I will not be persuaded that the HFC tax project has been abandoned until I see the 2018 Finance Act in the Official Journal without this provision!”

A dynamic industry

With important f-gas phase-down milestones on the horizon, French industry and policymakers alike are increasingly looking to natural refrigerants as market-ready replacements for HFCs. MB

Despite this, French companies look well placed to benefit from increased interest in natural refrigerants in France. A study conducted for the ‘F-Gas Regulation Shaking Up the HVAC&R Industry’ report, by Accelerate publisher shecco, shows that at least 26 companies including equipment and component manufacturers, system suppliers and contractors headquartered in France work with natural refrigerants. Added to this figure are companies with offices and manufacturing plants in France, but which are not headquartered there. Leading multinational retailers are also accelerating the uptake of natural refrigerants in France and beyond. For instance, the Carrefour Group has already installed natural refrigerant-based systems in just over 400 stores in Europe.

Sifa venue, Paris

“179 [of our] stores are 100% natural refrigerantbased systems using CO 2 transcritical,” said Fleury. “The policy [of the group] is to go to 100% natural stores,” he added. France is also the European country with the largest number of organisations offering training on using natural refrigerant-based equipment. shecco identified 193 training organisations offering NatRef training in Europe, 40 of which are located in France. The United Kingdom has 34, Spain 15 and Italy 11.

The Sifa conference

Photo: Louise Creuzeau Winter 2017

Accelerate Europe

Accelerate Europe #9 Winter 2017  

HONOURING THE TRAILBLAZERS The past twelve months have been full of innovation in the HVAC&R sector. The winter 2017 edition of Accelerate...

Accelerate Europe #9 Winter 2017  

HONOURING THE TRAILBLAZERS The past twelve months have been full of innovation in the HVAC&R sector. The winter 2017 edition of Accelerate...