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SF6

Climate | Energy

Emission trajectories

As a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Germany is required to elaborate annual emission inventories, including for fluorinated greenhouse gases. read more

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Climate | Energy

Switchgear

Illustration of a typical gas-insulated switchgear

Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), which has a very high global warming potential, is used for insulation and arc interruption in switchgear. SF6 emissions have been successfully reduced thanks to a voluntary industry commitment. Alternative products to substitute SF6 in various applications are developed. read more

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Climate | Energy

Statutes and regulations

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Fluorinated greenhouse gases and CFC are governed by international environmental treaties (Kyoto Protocol, Montreal Protocol) whose internationally, legally binding guidelines are implemented by European regulations and directives. Further legislation is enacted to achieve EU environmental protection goals. The body of European guidelines is complemented by national laws and regulations. read more

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Climate | Energy

Projections

Fluorinated greenhouse gases contribute to global warming. Emissions of these substances are set to climb worldwide owing to the growing demand for refrigeration and air conditioning systems. read more

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The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment