Canada Tackles Hydrofluorocarbons

In response to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the Government of Canada has amended their current Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations to incorporate a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down plan to limit HFC consumption by 85% by 2036. The plan begins in 2019, with a 10% cut to “baseline” levels of HFC consumption. This baseline level is calculated using the consumption of HFCs and HCFCs from 2011 to 2013.

In addition to eliminating HFCs, the changes also include HFC prohibition in certain products and minor modifications to the HFCFC provisions listed in the current regulations. However, majority of the regulation focuses on HFCs bulk imports as they are commonly used in the manufacturing, servicing and maintenance of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, and in the manufacture of foam-blowing products. Under the plan, bulk HFCs will receive an individual consumption allowance, which, when added together, will total Canada’s consumption baseline.

For more information regarding the newly amended Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations, please see the following link: https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2016-137/

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