On 14 February 2017, the Alicante Provincial Court convicted the owner of a refrigerant cylinder containing 12 kg of R22 to a 3-month prison sentence, a fine of 6 Euros per day during a period of 6 months (more than 1000 Euros) and prohibited the involvement in any commercial activities related to refrigeration or air-conditioning during a period of 3 years. The R22 refrigerant cylinder was offered on Internet and seized by undercover staff of SEPRONA in the surroundings of Alicante on 21 May 2014. SEPRONA operated under the order of the Environmental Public Prosecutor’s Office in Madrid. A court case initiated and the accused person pledged guilty.
On 9 January 2017, the Madrid Provincial Court convicted a former company owner to a 6-month prison sentence, a fine and prohibited the involvement in any commercial activities related to refrigeration or air-conditioning during a period of 6 years. The person had offered a refrigerant cylinder containing 60 kg of R22 on Internet.
Informal sources from a European Union country detected 40 advertisements of R22 on Internet which are currently being investigated. As of 2015 the placing on the market of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs such as R22) for the maintenance or servicing of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipment is prohibited in the European Union.