OTTAWA, Ontario — Environment Canada announced that it is moving forward with regulatory measures to limit the growth of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). It has published a Notice of Intent to Regulate Hydrofluorocarbons in the Canada Gazette outlining the scope of the proposed measures for HFCs, which are considered potent greenhouse gases.
Under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), the government of Canada proposes to regulate the manufacture and import of commercial refrigeration systems, foam-blowing agents, vehicle air conditioning units, and consumer aerosols that contain specific HFCs.
The Canadian government also said it is taking a leadership role to reduce HFCs internationally. In November, Parties to the Montreal Protocol considered a proposal put forward by Canada, the United States, and Mexico to phase down HFCs. The Parties of the Montreal Protocol will hold an additional meeting in 2015, where Canada intends to take a leadership role in encouraging countries to engage constructively in discussions on issues related to HFC management, including further consideration of phase-down options. The government of Canada believes it is important for countries to take domestic action now on HFCs in advance of a comprehensive, global phase down agreement.
For more information on Canada’s action on climate change, visit www.climatechange.gc.ca.
Publication date: 12/22/2014