Global Success for Australia led by the Department of the Environment and Energy
Posted on : Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA
Australia) would like to congratulate the Australian Government on
its key role in securing the recent international agreement to
reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions by 85 per cent at the
Montreal Protocol meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda last week.
FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams said delegates
from the Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department)
have done a tremendous job representing Australia and helping
achieve this outcome. Australia has played a leading role on
this issue by co-chairing meetings and brokering negotiations,
especially throughout the last year.
"International Ozone Protection and Synthetic
Greenhouse Gas Section Director Patrick McInerney and his team
have played a key role in the agreement and its transition away
from ozone depleting substances" he said.
"Australia's leading role will see a positive impact on the
environment and this will set standards for the rest of the
All countries including Australia hope that a final agreement on
the global HFC reduction will work as a positive marker for the
Marrakech Climate Change Conference in November 2016.
With the recent announcement of the Australian Government phase
down of bulk HFC imports from 2018, the Fire Protection Industry
(ODS & SGG) Board will play an important role in the
relationship between industry and government as the phasedown
encourages industry to move to technologies using lower or zero
global warming potential alternatives.
The phase-down agreement will see Australia and other developed
countries phase-down HFCs to 85 per cent of current consumption
levels by 2036 with developing countries to achieve this reduction
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