AREMA WELCOMES REVISIONS TO OZONE LEGISLATION & A HFC PHASE DOWN
AREMA (the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia) welcomes the passage of amendments to the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act by the Australian Parliament.
“The main focus of this legislation – a phase down of HFCs (very potent greenhouse gases) – provides industry with the certainty it needs to deliver innovative products with a much smaller environmental cost,” said Mark Padwick, President of AREMA.
“Manufacturers must contend with a range of issues when they select which refrigerant to use. They need to consider safety for the consumer, energy efficiency, cost, suitability and environmental impacts.”
Mr Padwick said the HFC phase down provides industry with the long-term certainty necessary to invest in new technologies that can deliver cooling even more efficiently and safely into the future.
As a result of this legislation, the Australian Government estimates that greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by the equivalent of up to 80 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from 2020 to 2030.
“This industry has a long proud history of working closely with governments of all types to manage issues in the public good,” said Mr Padwick.
“We have acted decisively and effectively to repair the ozone hole and now we are taking further dramatic steps to improve our climate – but doing so in a way that allows industry to deliver the services the public needs and wants.”
Established in 1967, AREMA represents 29 leading companies which either manufacture or import refrigeration and air conditioning equipment for Australians.
The gases and emissions
HFCs are man-made gases that have a global warming potential from the low hundreds to the mid-thousands.
The refrigeration and air conditioning industry has already reduced the emissions from the gases it uses by the from over 50 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually in the early 1990s to about 8 million tonnes today.
Most emissions (85 to 90%) come from energy used to run refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. This equipment is over 40% more efficient today than it was a decade ago.
The refrigeration and air conditioning industry is regulated by two separate pieces of legislation:
· Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act; and
· Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act.
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Technical & Policy Advisor
Phone: 0403 741 715