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 world."

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 by 2050.

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