Ban on import and manufacture of HCFC and CFC refrigeration and air conditioning equipment

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 bans the manufacture or import of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment if the equipment is designed to be charged with CFC or HCFC. Refrigeration and air conditioning equipment insulated with foam manufactured with a CFC or HCFC is also banned.

The ban on HCFC refrigeration and air conditioning equipment was recently amended by the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014. Equipment that is designed to operate by using HFCs but that may also operate using HCFCs or CFCs will no longer be banned. Equipment that is designed to operate by using only HCFCs or CFCs will remain banned.

The import and manufacture of equipment containing HCFC or designed to operate on HCFCs is prohibited unless exempted under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995. The exemptions and their end dates are:

  • HCFC pre-charged refrigeration equipment (Exemption expires on 30 June 2015) (An ODS/SGG equipment licence is required)
  • Chillers charged with HCFC 123 (Exemption expires on 31 December 2015) (An ODS/SGG equipment licence is required)
  • Components for existing high static ducted split system air conditioners (Exemption expires on 30 June 2016)
    (If the components are pre-charged, then an ODS/SGG equipment licence is required)
  • Replacement parts for existing HCFC air conditioning equipment (Exemption expires 31 December 2019)
    (If the components are pre-charged, then an ODS/SGG equipment licence is required)
  • Equipment insulated with foam manufactured with HCFC (Exemption expires 31 December 2019)
  • Equipment for which the Minister considers it would be impracticable:
    • (i) for the importer or licence holder to comply with the ban; and
    • (ii) to remove or retrofit the equipment because it is incidental to the main import. (For example, air conditioning equipment incorporated into a large boat or drilling rig). (Exemption expires 31 December 2019 — this exemption is formally granted by the Minister for the Environment)
      As the Minister (or his/her Delegate) needs to consider this exemption, an application in writing is required as well as an ODS/SGG equipment licence.

The exemptions under this regulation mean that equipment that is otherwise banned is allowed to be imported. This is not an exemption from licensing requirements and an ODS/SGG equipment licence is required.

For further information please contact the Import Operations Team on +61 2 6274 1373 or ozone@environment.gov.au