While industry representatives argue that a lack of preparatory work prior to the introduction of the Australian HFC tax undermined its effectiveness, high HFC retail prices and strong demand for energy efficient, low-GWP technologies are anticipated nevertheless. For the HFC levy to perform as intended training, awareness raising and standards are vital, as is Federal legislation defining compliance requirements for all HVAC&R systems nationwide.
Resistance by both industry and government to implementation of the HFC Levy has undermined its effectiveness quite significantly,” says Tim Edwards, President of the Australian Refrigeration Association (ARA). “Whilst we consider the HFC levy to be a valid policy, clearly it can only be fully effective if it is supported by the required complimentary measures; awareness, training, standards, new technology validation and commercialisation, enforcement”, he adds.
The current future developments are impossible to predict. However, for the HFC Levy to perform as intended, Federal legislation defining compliance requirements for all HVAC&R systems nationwide needs to be introduced. These compliance and risk management requirements can be as stringent as they need to be in the interest of protecting the workers and the public, but they need to override State Laws”, emphasises Mr Jensen. “Unless this is forced through, the transition of the Nation towards natural refrigerants could then in effect be frustrated by the same people who introduced the HFC levy in the first place”, he adds.