Australia State of the Environment Report 2001 (Theme Report)
Lead Author: Dr Peter Manins, Environmental Consulting and Research Unit, CSIRO Atmospheric Research, Authors
Published by CSIRO on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2001
ISBN 0 643 06746 9
Stratospheric Ozone (continued)
Destruction of ozone-depleting substances [A Indicator 2.9]
Recovery of ozone-depleting substances is one of the most effective ozone protection controls. Australia has embarked on a successful program to collect, recycle and/or destroy ozone-depleting substances. Halon chemicals are collected and are either stored, recycled or destroyed by the National Halon Bank, operated by DASCEM Pty Ltd. CFC and HCFC refrigerants are collected and are either stored or recycled by Refrigerant Reclaim (Australia) or destroyed by DASCEM. Companies servicing refrigeration/air-conditioning equipment also recycle CFC and HCFC refrigerants.
Over 10 000 ODP tonnes (actual tonnes multiplied by ODP) of ozone-depleting substances (CFCs, HCFCs and halons) have been collected from 1993 to 1999 (Table 14) with approximately equal quantities recycled, stored and destroyed. Refrigerant Reclaim Australia have collected about 500 t of refrigerant (CFCs and HCFCs) and estimate that a further 2500 t will be collected (RRA 2000).
|CFCs||HCFCs||Halons||Total||Total (ODP tonnes)|
Source: National Halon Bank; Refrigerant Reclaim Australia.
Since 1993, Australia has collected more than 10 000 ODP tonnes of ozone-depleting substances which have either been recycled, stored or destroyed. Significant amounts of ozone-depleting substances remain to be collected and such activities need to be encouraged if Australia is to continue to show leadership in reducing its contribution to global ozone depletion.