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NZ edges closer to robust, regulated refrigerant stewardship scheme

View from NZ with VASA New Zealand Director Catherine Tocker

A robust refrigerant stewardship scheme for New Zealand, backed by government regulations and aided by the establishment of a domestic end-of-life refrigerant destruction facility is edging closer to reality – but addressing the skilled labour shortage remains a key ingredient to meeting environmental goals.

Uncertainty remains around the timing of the new regulations – which were expected to be announced before the NZ election last October but remain in limbo – so it falls to the voluntary stewardship scheme operated by Cool-Safe since 1993 to continue striving to promote best practices for reducing emissions of ozone-depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases.

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