Public consultaton - Destruction of waste ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases program


On 23 November 2012 the department released for public consultation the Consultation paper on the development of the Destruction of Waste ODS and SGG Program as part of the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future Plan. A total of 25 submissions were received during the four week consultation period which ended on 21 December 2012.

The department would like thank all those who provided submissions.

Submitted by
Arkema (PDF - 130KB)
Australian Motor Industries Association (Word - 1038KB)
Australian Refrigeration Association (Word - 1038KB)
Australian Refrigeration Council (PDF - 300KB)
BCD Technologies (Word - 2950KB)
Cement Industry Federation (PDF - 376KB)
DuPont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts (Word - 55KB)
Fire Protection Association Australia (PDF - 285KB)
Fluoroclaim (Word - 89KB)
Heatcraft (PDF - 394KB)
Horizon Power (PDF - 511KB)
MTI Group (Word - 36KB)
Pacifitech (PDF - 135KB)
Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (PDF - 5487KB)
Refrigerant Recovery & Evacuation Services Australasia (Word - 391KB)
Refrigerants Australia (Word - 176KB)
Silanna Semiconductor (Word - 418KB)
Solvents Australia (PDF - 1762KB)
UTC CCS on behalf of Chubb Fire & Security, Kidde Australia and Kidde Aerospace & Defence (Word - 88KB)
Wormald (PDF - 35KB)


On 10 July 2011, the Australian Government announced the Clean Energy Future Plan as part of a long-term plan to reshape the Australian economy, cut carbon pollution, drive innovation and help avoid the increased costs of delaying action on climate change.

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 provided 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.

Consultation process

The public consultation process included a consultation paper and stakeholder engagement meetings. The objectives of the consultation process were to:

  • ensure the government has a comprehensive understanding of potential impacts and issues associated with the proposed options discussed in the paper.
  • gather and use stakeholder feedback to ensure the design and operation of the proposed program is appropriate.
  • improve awareness and expectations among stakeholders of the program.

Consultation paper

The Destruction of Waste ODS and SGG Program is being prepared in consultation with industry and key stakeholder groups. The consultation paper sought comment on how a government-funded destruction incentives program might operate. The purpose of this consultation paper was to seek comment on how a government funded destruction incentives program might operate. Comments provided in response to the paper will inform development of the program from 1 July 2013.

Stakeholder engagement meetings

Stakeholder engagement meetings were attended by 30 people and were held in Sydney on Monday, 10 December 2012 and Melbourne on Tuesday, 11 December 2012. These meetings provided an opportunity for attendees to seek clarification and provide feedback on the proposed options for the Destruction of Waste ODS and SGG Program.

Responsibility for copyright in submissions resides with the author(s), not with the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.


Some submissions have been supplied in confidence and have not been posted. If you have concerns about published material, please email

Formats and accessibility

The department has made every effort to ensure submissions provided are as accessible as possible. If you have difficulty accessing the information provided and need further assistance, please email