Refrigerants Australia welcomes the Government’s introduction of amendments to the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act, which includes a phase down of HFCs, which are very potent greenhouse gases.

Dr Greg Picker, Executive Director of Refrigerants Australia said, “The refrigeration and air conditioning industry actively supports a phase down of HFCs over the next two decades: this both guarantees improved environmental outcomes while also giving industry long-term certainty.”

Refrigerants Australia has long contended that a phase down in HFCs can assist the industry and deliver a range of benefits including reduced costs to consumers, better performance of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, improved energy efficiency and significant emission reductions.

“In shifting from ozone depleting substances in the 1990s, the refrigeration and air conditioning industry has already delivered more emission reductions than any other sector of the Australian economy,” Picker said, “and the revisions announced today will decrease Australia’s emissions by the equivalent of another 80 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030.”

The refrigeration and air conditioning industry has a thirty year history of working collaboratively with Governments to improve environmental performance.

These outcomes have (and will) require considerable industry investment both locally and globally, which would not have occured without the regulatory certainty bipartisan support provides.

“We have successfully managed the transition away from ozone depleting substances,” Picker said, “and we are working with government to deliver increased environmental and economic benefits to the community by better managing HFCs.  We are confident that working together we will deliver.”