Tag: New Zealand

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 Continue reading NZ edges closer to robust, regulated refrigerant stewardship scheme

A coalition of automotive industry leaders in New Zealand and the AAAA have joined forces to push for NZ to introduce mandatory automotive repair information-sharing laws similar to those now in force in Australia. The NZ Choice of Repairer campaign is aiming to raise awareness and garner support for this matter with New Zealand’s parliament Continue reading Choice of Repairer campaign goes to NZ

New Zealand’s carbon market, part of the government’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), has hit a two-year low this June, with carbon unit prices falling to NZ$48 (AU$44) per metric tonne of CO2 equivalent from a peak of NZ$88.50 (AU$82) in November 2022. Although this is unlikely to affect the price of R134a in the short Continue reading NZ carbon price slump could reduce cost of refrigerants but raises other concerns

The Australian Government has announced a $A74.5 million investment scheme designed to help communities and business adopt electric, hydrogen-powered and bio-fuelled vehicles.  Specific details of the new scheme, called the Futures Fuel Fund, are to be announced soon. It is expected, however, that it will subsidise the purchase of alternatively powered vehicles and infrastructure. This Continue reading Australian government announces $74.5m clean transport investment

HVACR technician

The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is developing new regulations that will require technicians to be licensed by WorkSafe if they work with flammable, toxic or very high operating pressure refrigerant gases in commercial and industrial refrigeration, heating or air-conditioning systems. These regulations are expected to be in place by mid-2021, with Continue reading NZ developing new licensing regulations for flammable, toxic and high-pressure refrigerants

NZ Warrant of Fitness (WoFs) extensions could have dire consequences for COVID-hit workshops

As part of national COVID-19 relief measures, the New Zealand Transport Agency is allowing vehicle owners a reprieve on mandatory Warrants of Fitness (WoFs) checks until October 10, but the NZ Motor Transport Association warns this could result in years of havoc for both workshop owners and motorists if left unrevised as lockdown restrictions lift. Continue reading NZ Warrant of Fitness (WoFs) extensions could have dire consequences for COVID-hit workshops

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

New regulations and permit schemes in the works New Zealand environment minister David Parker has announced that the country will delay its ratification of the Kigali Amendment by 12 months. The year-long hiatus is to allow New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to carry out the required health and safety amendments before ratification Continue reading NZ to ratify Kigali in late 2019

CoolCar Hamilton

The survey  The survey of air conditioning faults in 667 motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, tractors and heavy equipment was conducted from 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015 and includes actual repairs and evaluations carried out by CoolCar air conditioning Centre, Hamilton (more background can be found in the September 2015 edition of SightGlass Continue reading NZ Automotive AC field survey, summer 2014-2015: Part 2

CoolCar Hamilton

In 2013, MACS (the US-based Mobile Air Conditioning Society) conducted a field survey to profile the work being done and the vehicles serviced by independent service facilities within their membership. This survey has been repeated over a number of years, during which time the survey data has been expanded.  As part of the close ties Continue reading NZ Automotive AC field survey, summer 2014-2015: Part 1