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Latest environmental legislation could cut down on refrigerant emissions from end-of-life vehicles  The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of Victoria has welcomed the introduction of overhauled legislation that requires businesses to be more proactive about protecting the environment. In force from 1 July 2021, the new Environment Protection Act 2017 grants the EPA an array of Continue reading New regs could help clean up scrap cars

The European climate and refrigeration association Eurovent has questioned the validity of a European Commission (EC) report on the uptake and adoption of hydrocarbon-based refrigerants. The report, titled Evaluation and impact assessment for amending Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases – which was published on 6 May 2021 – explores the data, issues Continue reading Eurovent slates European HC forecasts

Workshops that don’t introduce the tools and training required for hybrids could miss a burgeoning opportunity in the marketplace Vehicles with alternative drive systems, such as pure electric and hybrid options, are becoming popular options that are selling in increasingly high numbers. Toyota Australia, for example, recently announced that it had sold a total of Continue reading Don’t miss the hybrid repair train

Clean transport solutions get government funding to help Germany meet its climate targets  The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the BMVI, has announced that it will invest €6.6 billion ($A10.6 billion) by 2024 to promote commercial electromobility. Around $A2.6 billion of its investment will be used to subsidise commercial vehicles with alternative Continue reading Germany invests in greener commercial vehicles

New EIA report reveals major HFC smuggling routes and rampant bribery The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has published a damning report that reveals Romania to be a major illegal entry point for unreported hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. Its new publication, called Europe’s Most Chilling Crime – The illegal trade in HFC refrigerant gases, is yet another Continue reading Illegal HFC trade underpinned by corruption

Automotive businesses need skilled migrant workers, but current government schemes aren’t granting them the required opportunities In September 2020, to help the Australian economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the government created a scheme that prioritised the immigration of skilled workers for critical sectors. The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) initially identified 17 occupations, Continue reading Skilled migration scheme overlooks the auto trade