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EFCTC letter to competant authorities for ADR application

Press release 30/05/19

In response to the rapid emergence of illegal traffic of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs- or refrigerants) across the EU, and in order to assist the EU and the Member States, EFCTC has launched a multi-level programme to fight against this illegal trade to raise awareness on this problem.

One of the issues related to the Illegal imports of F-gases is the increased activity in the transportation of pressurized/liquefied refrigerant gases in non-compliant cylinders that do not meet the ADR requirements.

Competent authorities responsible for the ADR application, institutions and transportation related associations have been informed about the problem and have been asked to ensure that the ADR rules are strictly enforced in this respect.

View the full press release here.


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Koura to showcase world-leading products at Project Qatar

Global chemical company Koura will be showcasing its industry-leading products at Project Qatar 2019. The three-day event, which runs from 29th April until the 1st May, is expected to welcome more than 14,000 guests.

Koura will join 1,700 businesses from 29 countries in showcasing its range of leading products, including Klea 134a, Klea 410a, Klea 407c and 404a.

Klea products are present in refrigerant and air conditioning units worldwide.

Madhu Kumar, Regional Sales Manager, Middle East at Koura said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Project Qatar. The event is a fantastic opportunity to meet our customers face-to-face, as well as showcase our industry-leading products.”

Koura will partner up with Qatari household name IMALCO at the exhibition, which produces products including tyres, batteries and industrial supplies. The two companies will share a stand.

You can find Koura and IMALCO at stand D13 in Hall 1.

Project Qatar will take place from 29th April – 1st May 2019 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre from 12-9pm. Register your attendance at

You can learn more about Koura’s products here.

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European Fluorocarbon Producers Sponsor illegal Trade Action line

AN UPDATE ON FLUOROCARBONS Representing the European Fluorocarbons Manufacturers
Press release – 28 MARCH 2019

European Fluorocarbon Producers Sponsor illegal Trade Action line In response to the rapid emergence of illegal traffic of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs- or refrigerants) across the European Union, the European trade association of fluorocarbon producers has launched a programme to fight against this illegal trade. One of its features includes an “Action Line” that will permit any individual to report alleged suspect HFC offerings confidentially to a trusted and independent contractor.

In the application of Regulation (EU) N° 517/2014 (1)  the EU Commission installed a phase-down programme for HFCs. Companies have been required to gradually reduce the placing on the EU market HFCs and were allocated individual quotas by the authorities.  The enforcement of the Regulation was delegated to the Member States. This Regulation has been instrumental in the fight against climate change.

As a consequence of this EU programme and its application by companies, the quantity of HFCs is progressively reduced by 2030. In 2018, the first major reduction (37% vs baseline) took effect. Unfortunately, this has triggered illegal imports and trafficking in the EU.

“We have seen a surge in offerings of illegal HFCs on the internet and other unsolicited sources,” says Dr. Nick Campbell, EFCTC (2) chair, “which blatantly defy Member State and European law. As such, Member States struggle to collect sufficient evidence on suspect offerings and, therefore have been slow to take necessary enforcement action.”

In order to assist the EU and the Member States EFCTC has engaged the services of a specialized consultant that has considerable experience in identifying illegal trade.

Through an Action Line powered by EQS, a leading provider of digital compliance solutions, anyone can report a suspicious offering of HFCs in full confidence using a webform (in any language).  “It will not be necessary to provide conclusive evidence, just a sufficient lead enabling the consultants to follow up,” said Dr. Campbell. “We expect that these leads will create a more detailed picture of the illegal HFCs supply chain which can be shared with the EU/national authorities” he added.

Use of the Action Line will be confidential and independently operated by the consultant. EFCTC members will have no access whatsoever to individual reports that come into the Action Line. If desired, anyone reporting a suspect offering can remain anonymous, but the consultant would prefer to have an opportunity to follow-up on a reported case.

For more details on the Action Line please click on: Integrity Line

(1) Go to the Regulation text:

(2) The European Fluorocarbon Technical Committee (EFCTC) is a sector group of Cefic.


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Koura launches Klea® 448A

Leading refrigerant manufacturer and supplier Koura has announced the launch of Klea®448A, an energy-efficient, low-GWP, non-flammable alternative to R-404A.

Having signed a European Distribution Agreement with Honeywell, Klea® 448A is a HFO/HFC blend refrigerant designed to replace R-404A in low and medium temperature refrigeration equipment such as supermarket fridge and freezer cases.

Klea 448A is a blend of HFC R32 (26%), R125 (26%) and R134a (21%), with HFO components R1234yf (20%) and 1234ze(E) (7%). Its GWP is around 1400 and is classified A1 by ASHRAE, is non-toxic and non-flammable.

“We are committed to offering our European customers a product range which suits their needs for today as well as safeguarding for the future. We identified Klea® 448A as a product which would complement our current product offering and give our customers a product that meets the future requirements of the EU market.”

Explains Sarah Hughes, EMEAI Commercial Director for Koura’s Business Group.

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