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Australia’s slow YF uptake hits the headlines

The slow uptake of R1234yf on new light vehicles in Australia, largely caused by manufacturers exploiting a lack of regulation around their role in the HFC phase-down, has hit the headlines in mainstream media this month with articles in The Guardian newspaper and on the WhichCar website under which major automotive publications including Wheels Magazine Continue reading Australia’s slow YF uptake hits the headlines

NZ government consultation on licensing for those working in transport refrigeration

The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking industry submissions from as part of a targeted consultation into the upcoming Refrigeration Licensing Regime, which is relevant to NZ VASA members working in the transport refrigeration sector. Licensing will be introduced under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and apply to Continue reading NZ government consultation on licensing for those working in transport refrigeration

Repairer penalised for possession of outlawed disposable R134a cylinders

An automotive mechanic in Victoria caught with 26 disposable cylinders of R134a has been fined under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations. Disposable cylinders containing scheduled substances such as R134a are banned in Australia. Inspectors from the Department of the Environment and Energy executed a search warrant on the Victorian workshop premises Continue reading Repairer penalised for possession of outlawed disposable R134a cylinders

Auto repair information sharing to become law

The Australian Federal Government has confirmed it will mandate automotive repair information sharing between vehicle manufacturers and independent workshops, helping level the competitive playing field against dealership service centres. Announcing the intention to make data sharing law late last month, assistant federal treasurer Michael Sukkar said the legislation “will mandate that all service and repair Continue reading Auto repair information sharing to become law

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Ground-breaking Australian research behind new automotive flammable refrigerants safety guide World-first study results in free guide to help automotive technicians work safely with flammable refrigerants GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA: A new guide on how to work safely on vehicles where it is known or suspected that flammable Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Automotive flammable refrigerants safety guide

IEA report demonstrates huge role of MAC in reducing indirect and direct emissions

A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) highlights both direct and indirect emissions caused by automotive air-conditioning, recommending governments take a holistic approach to address these issues that includes the adoption of low-GWP refrigerants, improved system efficiency and increased vehicle electrification. Few reports of this kind cover both direct and indirect emissions, usually focussing Continue reading IEA report demonstrates huge role of MAC in reducing indirect and direct emissions

Cold Hard Facts 2019

The latest Cold Hard Facts refrigerant report commissioned by Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy has decried sales of new vehicles using R1234yf as “statistically irrelevant in 2018”. “Auto makers appear content to continue to supply models with older generations of refrigerants to any markets that permit HFCs, while making HFO charged models available Continue reading Slow R1234yf uptake called out in Cold Hard Facts

Zero is Australia’s third LandCruiser EV conversion

Adelaide based start-up Zero Automotive has launched an electric-converted Toyota LandCruiser called the ZED 70, capable of up to 350km on a charge and primarily aimed at reducing diesel particulate emissions in underground mining applications. It is the third Australian LandCruiser EV conversion to be announced in two years, with VASA member GB Auto hitting Continue reading Zero is Australia’s third LandCruiser EV conversion