Towards a low emissions future

Energy efficiency

Refrigerants Australia has worked with equipment producers and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia (AREMA) to assist in reducing the energy use of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

As a result of these combined efforts, there has been a 60% improvement in energy efficiency in air conditioning equipment since 2005. Industry has accepted the proposition that issues of noise, safety, cost and ease of use should be considered alongside environmental aspects of equipment design and manufacture.

Energy improvement was achieved by working closely with government to reach agreement on phase-out schedules that compelled industry to move away from substances that had negative impacts on ozone or climate change.

At an industry level, Refrigerants Australia worked closely with industry, encouraging flexibility and accepting change.

These efforts are reflected in the initial passage of the Ozone Protection Act in 1989 and its major revisions in 2004 and in 2017. 

Industry was encouraged to develop and invest in innovative programs that deliver substantive environmental benefits.