Proposed Amendments to Ontario's Refrigerants Regulation (O.Reg. 189/94).
Bill or Act:
Environmental Protection Act
Summary of Proposal:
Ontario is pursuing regulatory amendments to support key elements of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's National Action Plan for the Environmental Control of Ozone-depleting Substances and their Halocarbon Alternatives (the NAP), which in turn supports Canada's obligations under the United Nations Environment Program's Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (1989). The overall objective of these regulatory amendments is to implement procedures to minimize the release of chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere.
Ontario's Refrigerants Regulation is one of five regulations made under the Environmental Protection Act to control the release of ozone-depleting substances. Ontario, along with other jurisdictions in the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, approved a 2001 update to the NAP. Among its provisions, the NAP calls for the phase-out of remaining uses of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and the provision of regulatory support for industry stewardship programs.
In 2001, Ontario prohibited the refill of old technology mobile air conditioners (i.e. comfort air conditioning) with CFCs after January 1, 2002. The Ministry of the Environment now proposes to extend these restrictions to the large industrial, commercial and institutional refrigeration and air conditioning sectors, and chillers, that continue to use CFCs.
Further, the ministry is also proposing amendments to drive surplus CFCs into industry stewardship programs.
July 24, 2006
Comments Due Date:
August 26, 2006
Sheri Beaton, Policy Advisor
Air Policy and Climate Change
4th floor, 135 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P5
PHONE: (416) 314-4826 FAX: (416) 314-4128