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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

31 May 2005

Selection of industry board for refrigeration and air conditioning industry


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today announced the selection of the Australian Refrigeration Council as the industry board to administer the licensing system for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry under new ozone protection laws.

"The new laws introduce national standards for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry which will lead to reduced emissions of these environmentally harmful refrigerant gases," Senator Campbell said.

"The new laws build on the Australia's strong record in phasing out the use of ozone depleting substances and minimising emissions of these gases and their synthetic greenhouse gas replacements.

"By 2020 the use of hydro chlorofluorocarbons will have been cut by about 60 per cent since the Howard Government was first elected in 1996 and by 2010 greenhouse gas emissions will have been reduced by the equivalent of nearly six million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

"I am pleased to select the Australian Refrigeration Council to administer the national authorisation and licensing system for the sale, use and handling of refrigerants that are ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases.

"The board will play a critical role in implementing and administering consistent national standards in the industry."

The Australian Refrigeration Council was selected after a second round of tenders called by Senator Campbell in March.

"I called for fresh tenders because I wanted to subject the single board model to competitive stress from other models," Senator Campbell said. "The second process widened the options and fully tested their competitiveness.

"I am now satisfied that a single board as tendered by the council will provide the most cost effective and efficient service to the industry and consumers across Australia."

Under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 the industry board will assess licence and authorisation applications, undertake industry education and awareness, and ensure compliance by industry with the Australian Government's new national regulatory scheme. The Department of the Environment and Heritage retains responsibility for enforcement activities.

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 was amended in late 2003 to extend coverage to synthetic greenhouse gases that are used to replace ozone depleting substances and to establish national end use regulations, replacing some state and territory based systems. The selection of an industry board is part of a roll-out of the new regulatory framework under the Act, which is expected to be completed in 2006.

Information on the new national authorisation and licensing system can be viewed at www.arctick.org or the Department of the Environment and Heritage's web site at www.deh.gov.au/atmosphere/ozone. The Australian Refrigeration Council can be contacted on 1300 884 483.

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