Towards a low emissions future


19 April 2023
Submission on vehicle fuel efficiency standards – 1st draft

6 February 2020

Federal Government discussion paper on proposed fees and charges for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction scheme (connected to NICNAS)

10 September 2018

The result of the inquest into the death of a worker from the explosion of flammable refrigerants at the Rochester Hotel in Victoria in June 2014

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.

July 2018

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA): BLOWING IT: Illegal production and use of banned CFC-11 in China's foam blowing industry

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.


International Energy Agency: The Future of Cooling – Opportunities for energy-efficient air conditioning

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 Problem with Air Conditioning in 2017: Issues with Success

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: Submission on electrotechnology key findings paper

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.


April 2016

Submission in response to the vehicle emissions discussion paper

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.


February 2016

Submission to the Climate Change Authority

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.