November 30, 2016
Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced proposed regulations aiming to reduce the country's annual consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85 percent, by 2036.
HFCs, which are used extensively for air-conditioning and refrigeration, are also greenhouse gases that can be hundreds to thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The proposed regulations would apply to the manufacture and import into Canada of HFCs and new products that contain HFCs. Canadians would be allowed to continue using appliances and products that they already own, and industries could continue to use up any existing HFC inventories.
The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on November 26, 2016.
Environment and Climate Change Canada invites industry stakeholders and interested Canadians to provide input.