Development of the Destruction of Waste ODS and SGG Program
As part of the Clean Energy Future Plan, the Australian Government announced that, from 1 July 2013, incentives would be provided for the destruction of waste SGGs, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and ODS. Most of these gases are used in refrigeration, although SF6 is used primarily in electricity transformers.
The Destruction of Waste ODS and SGG Program is intended to provide incentives to recover ODS and SGGs for destruction when they are not suitable for reuse, recycling or reclamation.
Consultation on the design of a destruction program provides an opportunity for those currently managing ODS and SGGs through the business cycle and supply chain, end-of-life gas managers and other users to contribute to the program's development. Comments provided will inform the program's development and structure, so that the long-term destruction of ODS and SGGs in Australia is managed in the best possible way.
Comments close Friday 21 December 2012
25th anniversary Montreal Protocol global video competition
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, the United Nations Environment Programme has launched a global video competition for young people to produce a short video on the Montreal Protocol.
Updating the online application and reporting system - from 9pm Tuesday 26 June 2012 to 12am on Sunday 1 July 2012
The Department is currently updating the online application forms and reporting system for licences, exemptions and quarterly reports submitted under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989.
As part of this update, the system is unavailable between 9pm on Tuesday 26 June 2012 and 12am on Sunday 1 July 2012.
These updates will enable implementation of the amendments to the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management legislation for the introduction of the equivalent carbon price on 1 July 2012. The update will ensure that the system incorporates the new requirements before lodgements commence.
Future updates to be progressively rolled out in 2012 and 2013 will include improvements to the online quarterly reporting forms, arrangements for the export refund scheme and the destruction of waste synthetic greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances scheme (commencing 1 July 2013).
For urgent enquiries, please contact the Ozone & Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Border Management Unit on 02 6274 1373.
The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) controls the manufacture, import and export of all ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and their synthetic greenhouse gas (SGG) replacements.
From 1 July 2012, amendments will extend those licensing controls to include:
- regulation of the manufacture, import and export of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) in bulk gas form;
- regulation of the import and export of any products and equipment containing hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and SF6; and
- a requirement for importers and manufacturers to pay a levy incorporating a carbon charge component based on the equivalent carbon price.
From 1 July 2012, regulation amendments will support these changes:
- Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Regulation 2012 (No 1)
- Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No 1)
- Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No 1)
Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship for Research in Ozone Science
The Scholarship is aimed at promoting postgraduate research investigating matters of relevance to the science of ozone depletion and recovery, including linkages with climate change science. Applications close 17 February 2012.
Online licensing system now available
ALL licence applications and quarterly reports should now be submitted ONLINE. Old paper forms will NOT be accepted.
Equivalent carbon price for synthetic greenhouse gases
From 1 July 2012, an equivalent carbon price will be applied to certain synthetic greenhouse gases - hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons (excluding gases produced from aluminium smelting) and sulfur hexafluoride (including equipment or products which contain these gases).
New online licensing system - from November 2011
The department is currently developing a new online licensing system to facilitate the administration of licences and exemptions issued under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act). The new system is due to become operational in November 2011.
The new online licensing system will be used for all licensing-related activities, including licence and exemption applications, lodging quarterly reports, transferring licences and will make the process faster and more straightforward.
From November 2011, applications for all licence types and exemptions administered under the Act, as well as any related administrative activities such as the lodgement of quarterly reports, will only be accepted through the new online forms available on the department's website. Hard-copies of the new forms will however be available on request to businesses without internet access.
Once the new forms are available, please ensure that you delete any old forms you may have saved on your hard drive and instruct your clients to only submit applications or quarterly reports using the new online forms.
Once the online system is operational the department will no longer accept any of the old forms including application forms, quarterly reports, licence transfers, etc.
The department will advise the commencement date and provide links to the online forms closer to the rollout.
For further information please contact the Compliance, Enforcement & Licensing Team on:
Phone: +61 2 6274 1373 or +61 2 6274 1237
Did you know that as of 18 May 2011, when amendments to the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 came into force, all regular Pre-Charged Equipment (PCE) licences granted on and after this date will generally expire two years from the date on which the licence is granted, unless a shorter date is specified?
Until now, PCE licences have been granted within set two-year licensing periods. The current started on 1 January 2010 and will end on 31 December 2011 meaning that licences that were issued for this 2010-11 period (that is, licences issued before 18 May 2011), will still expire on 31 December 2011.
The new two year rolling PCE licences are valid from the date they are issued by the Delegate and cannot be specified to become valid at a later date. Therefore, if you are a holder of a current PCE licence that is due to expire on 31 December 2011 - and you do not plan on importing during the first months of 2012 - you should consider applying for a new licence after the new year, so you can get the most out of your licence.
Applying for a licence prior to the expiry of your current licence will mean that you would effectively lose the balance of time between your new licence being issued and when your current would expire.
For example: If you apply for a new licence on 1 November 2011 and your new 2 year rolling PCE licence is issued on 15 November 2011, you will lose 46 days of validity from your current licence.
If you do have plans to import in the first months of 2012, please contact the Licensing Officer on +61 2 6274 1373 to discuss the options available to you to ensure you do not lose any validity days from your current licence.
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