SF6

F-gases

The term “F-gases” relates to fluorinated greenhouse gases including HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), PFCs (perfluorocarbons), SF6 (sulfur hexafluoride) and NF3(nitrogen trifluoride).

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Options to reduce emissions of SF6 from the EU non-ferrous metal industry

The European Council and Parliament adopted Regulation (EC) 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases (the F-Gas Regulation) which entered into force on 4th of July 2007. Inter alia, the use of SF6 in magnesium die-casting is prohibited as of 1 January 2008, except where the quantity of SF6 involved is below 850 kg per year (Art 8(1)). Art 10(2) of the Regulation requires the European Commission to assess whether the substitution of SF6 in gravity casting (e.g.

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