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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd August 2021.

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Photo of Lord Foster of Bath Lord Foster of Bath Chair, Rural Economy Committee, Chair, Rural Economy Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 12 July (UIN28169), what plans they have to consult (1) consumer bodies, (2) the industry, and (3) MPs and Peers, as part of their review of the legislation covering hydrofluorocarbons.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are the most common type of gas in the group known as fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) and their use is being phased down under F-gas legislation.

We are currently reviewing the F-gas legislation and plan to publish an Assessment Report based on the review by spring 2022. We are engaging with industry stakeholders to gather information and technical evidence to inform the Assessment Report. This includes engagement with key trade bodies, such as the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board. .

Following publication of the Assessment Report, we intend to publish a legislative proposal and run a formal public consultation during 2022. Any new legislation will be introduced to Parliament in the normal way, including consultation with hon. Members and Peers.

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