10 September 2018
The coroner commented on the dangers of unqualified people doing work that requires a solid understanding of the substances and risks involved, and that the refrigeration industry faces additional challenges with the move to low GWP refrigerants, none the least because the low GWP refrigerants are flammable and the vast majority of refrigeration mechanics/technicians were not trained in the use of such refrigerants.
In May 2018 scientists revealed that atmospheric levels of CFC-11, a potent ozone depleting substance banned since 2010, were significantly higher than expected, leading them to conclude that new illegal production and use of CFC-11 was occurring in East Asia. EIA's investigations have revealed that wide-spread illegal production and use of CFC-11 is occurring in China, and that it is used in the majority of China's rigid PU foam sector.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is shining a spotlight on some of the blind spots of energy policy – issues that get little attention but are of crucial importance.
The main focus for improving the environment efficiency of the sector lies in energy. The cooling sector currently used about 20% to 22% of Australia’s electricity and is responsible for about 11% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The need to reduce this number is fundamental if Australia is to meet its global targets and to limit climate change to an increase of 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
17 March 2017
Refrigerants Australia believe that appropriate training is crucial for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry (RAC) today and will likely become even more critical in the years to come.
Refrigerants Australia recommends that consideration be given to emissions from car air conditioners in developing a policy response to vehicle emissions and that an incentive be developed to encourage car manufacturers to introduce new refrigerant technologies early into Australia.
This submission describes various approaches to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from HFCs, and identifies a set of policy approaches that deliver the most abatement in a cost effective way.