Commonwealth legislation

Review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management (OPSGGM) Programme

The Options Paper was prepared to seek further input from interested businesses, groups and individuals on the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Programme Review, comments closed COB Monday 16 November 2015. 57 submissions were received on the Options Paper. A summary of submissions and all non-confidential submissions are now available.

About the legislation

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 and related Acts (the Ozone Acts) protect the environment by reducing emissions of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (SGGs). The Ozone Acts control the manufacture, import, export and end use of ODS and SGGs and products containing these gases. These gases are commonly used as refrigerant gases in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

The Ozone Acts are supported by the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 and related regulations.

Technical Working Group

The Technical Working Group to the review was established to provide detailed comments and technical advice to the Department throughout the review. The Technical Working Group is made up of representatives from a range of industries impacted by the legislation. Technical Working Group members are: Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Australian Industry Group, Fire Protection Association of Australia, Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association Australia, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, Automotive Air conditioning, Electrical and Cooling Technicians of Australia (VASA), Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating, Air conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association, Air conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association, Refrigerants Australia, Australian Refrigeration Association.

Action Taken in Other Countries

The following information is provided as useful background on action taken in other countries

Additional information submitted by Canada and the United States