Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) November 26th 2016, published its proposed HFC regulations in the Canadian Gazette.
This action is the latest step building on the Department’s December 2014 publication of its notice of intent to advance these regulations and follows its publication in March 2016 of the prior iteration of these proposed regulations.
Based on an initial review, differences between the latest iteration of proposed regulations and the March 2016 iteration include:
- Specification of control measures for condensing units: Their control was implied in the controls on refrigeration systems in the previous version, now there is a separate reference to their control.
- Removal of separate reference to blends containing HFCs in control measures: GWP limits for blends were noted in the previous version, now there is only a reference to HFCs
- Restriction of applicability of aerosol control measures: Referred to as “pressurized containers” in the current proposal, only those containing 2 kg or less are now subject to controls rather than 10 kg or less in the previous version. Exemption for certain technical and medical uses remain in the current proposal.
Please CLICK HERE to review the document that includes important updates on activities related to controls on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and outcomes of the Twenty-eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol that took place in Kigali, Rwanda from October 10-14, 2016 for your consideration when submitting comments on the proposed Regulations.