Lobbying success on SF6

As highlighted in a previous blog and press release, ENA has been making the case against amendments tabled in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee to ban the use of SF6 (Sulphur Hexafluoride) as insulation in switchgear. Last week, the Committee voted through a compromise amendment that focused on the need for an independent review of alternative technologies.

Following very constructive meetings with ENA in Europe, the Green Party Rapporteur for the Committee, Bas Eickhout withdrew his initial amendment and proposed a vote on the compromise option, which had cross-party support.

Instead of a costly ban that could have lead to UK customers having to pay for potentially billions of pounds of equipment changes and risking black outs, the new position instead will allow for alternative technologies to be assessed.


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