Australia seeks input on Ozone Acts’ review

By Alexandra Maratou, May 27, 2014, 13:04 1 minute reading

According to draft terms of reference, a report that will feed into the review of Australia’s Ozone Acts will assess issues such as the potential future use and emissions of synthetic greenhouse gases including HFCs, and the status of alternatives to these gases with low global warming potentials (GWP). The Government of Australia seeks input on the terms of reference by 18 July 2014.

The objectives of the review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 and associated legislation are to:
  • Identify opportunities to improve and streamline the operation of the Ozone Acts including reducing regulatory compliance costs for business and the community
  • Identify opportunities to reduce emissions of ODS and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGGs) in line with international efforts.

Submissions on terms of reference due 18 July 2014

Australia’s Department of Environment invites written submissions responding to the Terms of Reference from all interested businesses and members of the community by 18 July 2014. Submissions received will be considered throughout the course of the review.

The draft Terms of Reference as well as instructions on how to submit comments can be found on the website of the Department of Environment.

Technical Working Group to provide technical advice throughout the review

The Department of Environment will establish a Technical Working Group in consultation with industry to provide technical advice throughout the review. Members will include representatives with relevant expertise from ODS and SGG associations that reflect the range of groups directly affected by the Ozone Acts.

Next steps

Public comment will be sought again after the release of an Interim Report in late 2014. The Final Report will be published at the end of the review process, estimated for mid 2015.

Submissions received through these two consultation processes will inform the Final Report. Input received throughout the course of the review will be considered in the development of an Interim Report, to be published in late 2014, and the Final Report to be published at the end of the review process. 


By Alexandra Maratou

May 27, 2014, 13:04

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