Reporting of Data
Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 provides that the placing on the Union market of hydrofluorocarbons by producers or importers is subject to an annual quota in order to achieve their gradual reduction. Those quotas for the producers and importers are calculated based on reference values determined by the Commission on the basis of the annual average of the quantities of hydrofluorocarbons, which producers or importers have reported under Article 19 of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 from 1 January 2015 onwards in accordance with Annex V to that Regulation.
Since the United Kingdom notified on 29 March 2017 its intention to leave the Union, pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification, unless the European Council, in agreement with the United Kingdom, decides to extend that period. As a consequence, and without prejudice to any provisions of the withdrawal agreement, Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 only applies until the United Kingdom ceases to be a Member State.
In light of the notification under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union by the United Kingdom, it is important to ensure that accurate data is available regarding the placing on the market of hydrofluorocarbons in the Union after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom for the purpose of re-calculating the reference values pursuant to paragraph 3 of Article 16 of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 which is due to be carried out in 2020.
The Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1191/2014 should therefore be amended to allow for the separation of the amounts of hydrofluorocarbons, which are placed on the market in the United Kingdom and in the Union of 27 Member States.
However, the separation of reporting data in respect of hydrofluorocarbons placed on the market as regards the United Kingdom and the Union of 27 Member States is only needed at the point when Union law no longer applies to and in the United Kingdom. Therefore the amendment to Regulation (EU) No 1191/2014 is only required for reporting data for the calendar year 2018 and until and including the year in which the United Kingdom leaves the Union and Union law ceases to apply to and in the United Kingdom.
In order for the separation of the reporting obligation to apply in respect of the reporting of data for the calendar year 2018 where the data has to be submitted by 31 March 2019, the variation of the obligation should enter into force and apply in advance of that date. For all subsequent years, the date for submission of reporting data should be the 31 March.
The amounts of hydrofluorocarbons that need to be reported in line with the Annex to this implementing act as placed on the United Kingdom market should refer to the amounts placed on the United Kingdom market for the first time.
The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the opinion of the Committee established by Article 24(1) of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014,