Towards a low emissions future

Current areas of focus

Areas of focus adopted by the Board of Refrigerants Australia for 2018 and 2019 will cover:

Refrigerant choice

Project aim:
To ensure that Government policy remains technology neutral and that the market maintains the capacity to choose the refrigerants they want to use.


  • Refrigerants Australia will work to ensure Government, opposition and leading parties maintain a technology neutral approach to the HFC phase-down.
  • Recommence the Natural Refrigerant Working Group
  • Undertake efforts to improve reporting of HFC emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)


Project aim:
To engage on issues related to safety, with a particular focus on flammable refrigerants, to help ensure effective policy and regulations are developed.


  • Develop stronger linkages with both Safework Australia and National Committee
  • Steer State and Territory efforts towards sensible policy related to safety in relation to flammable and toxic refrigerants
  • Recommence the Flammable Refrigerant Subcommittee
  • Engage with the Australian Buildings Code Board on issues related to flammable refrigerants
  • Work to ensure that the issues of flammable refrigerants are appropriately managed within the Australian Building Code
  • Engage in reform of automotive training package.


Training, education and licensing

Project aim:
To support improvements in training and education on refrigerant issues.


  • Work with industry to make specific targeted proposals about improving end use controls in Australia
  • Support ARC engagement with State and Territory officials to develop a truly national competency-based licensing scheme
  • Work with RRA in supporting TAFE development of improved training.



Project aim:
To ensure that RA’s view is regularly explained to industry and the public.



Project aim:
To ensure that RA’s approach is supported by the Australian Government negotiators, through the Montreal Protocol and in developing countries.


  • Engage on international issues through the Montreal Protocol and other forums as appropriate
  • Support Australian Government in developing and delivering appropriate response to international issues
  • Work with developing country governments and negotiators to support good refrigerant policy
  • Provide practical advice to developing countries on end use controls and refrigerant management/recovery.