The Ministry of the Presidency and for the Territorial Administrations for Spain has issued Royal Decree 115/2017, Regulating the Marketing and Handling of Fluorinated Gases and Equipment Based on Them, as well as the Certification of the Professionals Who Use Them and Laying Down the Technical Requirements for Installations that Develop Activities that Emit Fluorinated Gases. This Decree entered into force on February 19, 2017.
The Decree lists specific requirements for what types of substances are covered, how to apply and obtain certification for competence of handling fluorinated gases and their corresponding safety equipment, and guidelines for preventing and dealing with accidents, among many other things. The purpose of regulating fluorinated gases is to control the contribution of their emissions to climate change, given their global warming potential.
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