Updated GUIDE+ on HFC taxes & fiscal incentives for natural refrigerants in Europe released now

By Klara Skačanová, Feb 18, 2014, 10:21 2 minute reading

The investment support scheme for energy efficient cooling and freezing plug-in appliances that use natural refrigerants is now available for 7 regions in Switzerland after a new region joined the programme in January 2014. Updates on this and other incentive schemes as well as HFC tax levels applicable for 2014 in European countries are now incorporated in an updated version of the “Guide+: HFC taxes & fiscal incentives for natural refrigerants in Europe” publication.

After publishing the “Guide+: HFC taxes & fiscal incentives for natural refrigerants in Europe” publication in December 2013, shecco has just released an updated version, which includes the latest changes in tax levels and incentive schemes that took effect in January 2014. The new GUIDE+ provides a comprehensive overview of existing and proposed fiscal measures in key European countries, aimed at reducing the use and emissions of HFCs in HVAC&R sectors while encouraging the switch to climate-friendly technologies.

Investment grants & tax relief schemes for natural refrigerants

In order to incentivise end-users to invest in energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly technologies using natural refrigerants and to reduce emissions of HFCs, several governments across Europe have introduced fiscal incentives such as accelerated tax relief schemes and investment grants.

An incentive scheme in seven regions in Switzerland provides financial support to end users who opt for energy efficient plug-in commercial equipment that relies on natural refrigerants. The Guide+ publication offers details about this programme as well as other schemes that encourage end users to invest in natural refrigerant technologies in Austria, Germany and the Flemish region of Belgium. In addition, accelerated tax relief schemes for investments in climate-friendly and energy efficient technologies provided in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are outlined and compared.

HFC taxes

An environmental tax on HFCs has been introduced already in four European countries while a number of states have considered or are still considering the benefits of an HFC tax scheme. The first countries in Europe to introduce such environmental taxes have been Denmark and Norway. In place since 2001, the Danish f-gas tax in 2014 remained at €20.10 per ton of CO2 equivalent (tCO2eq), while the tax level in Norway has increased by 44% compared to last year’s level.

The new GUIDE+ publication, provides detailed information in terms of current, future or possible tax levels (in €/tCO2eq as well as per kg of commonly used f-gases) for Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Poland, France and Sweden.

More about the new GUIDE+

"GUIDE+: HFC taxes & fiscal incentives for natural refrigerants in Europe” is the first publication under shecco’s new GUIDE+ series, which will offer special, in-depth analysis on topics relevant for the natural refrigerant industry and will be available for purchase on shecco publication website.


By Klara Skačanová

Feb 18, 2014, 10:21

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