Australian Halon Management Strategy
About this document
Depletion of the ozone layer is a major environmental concern, both nationally and internationally. In recent years, Australia has made significant advances in phasing out and managing those substances that contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. This Strategy outlines Australia's commitment to the effective management of our halon stocks until a complete phase out of the use of halon can be achieved.
Halon is a major contributor to ozone depletion. It is, however, vital to specialised fire protection equipment and systems used in defence, aviation and shipping. Until suitable and technically feasible alternatives can be found, Australia must manage its existing stocks of halon to meet essential use requirements domestically, and in support of our international obligations.
Critical to the success of this Strategy is the ongoing operation and development of the National Halon Bank as a regional environmental facility for the safe management of surplus and essential use stocks of halon. The National Halon Bank, a Commonwealth initiative, is well placed to provide a range of halon management services within Australia and to other regional countries.
This Australian Halon Management Strategy was developed in consultation with State and Territory Governments, industry and environmental organisations. It represents a commitment from all these sectors of the community to the effective phase out of halon use in Australia.