FMA VLC - The HFC Phase-down & FM | 23 September

September 17, 2021

The HFC phase-down is a gradual reduction in the maximum amount of HFCs permitted to be imported into Australia, which started on 1 January 2018. The next Facility Management Association (FMA), Virtual Lunchbox Conversations series (VLC) will focus on HFC phase-down in Australia, looking at the effects, alternatives, who will be affected and more.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a type of synthetic greenhouse gas, mostly used in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. They generally have a high global warming potential which means they have a greater ability to trap heat in the atmosphere compared to a similar mass of carbon dioxide. For example, the release of one tonne of HFC 23 is equivalent to releasing 14,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The phase-down is contributing to Australia’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and is encouraging industry to move to alternative technologies using lower or zero global warming potential gases. It is being managed through an annual import quota that will gradually reduce over 18 years, with the end point of the phase-down, 15% of the baseline level, being reached on 1 January 2036.

Date:            Thursday 23 September 2021
Time:            12:15pm – 1:15pm AEST
Location:     Zoom Webinar
Format:        2 Speakers to present then participate in a facilitated Q&A

The webinar will cover:

What does the HFC phase-down cover?

What alternative gases can replace HFCs

What effect do HFCs have on the environment?

Who will be affected by the phase-down?

For more information and to register for this Virtual Lunchbox Conversation please visit the FMA event webpage.

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