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Environment Canada issues hydrofluorocarbon reporting requirement

By Nalin Sahni and Melissa Saunders

On 7 April 2014, the minister of the environment issued a notice with respect to hydrofluorocarbons, pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999. The notice imposes reporting requirements on those who imported, exported or manufactured certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from 2008 and 2012. A non-exhaustive list of HFCs subject to these reporting requirements can be found in schedule 1 of the notice.

HFCs were originally used as long-term substitutes to ozone-depleting chemicals. However, they have a very high global-warming potential (up to 12,000 times more damaging than carbon dioxide) and are one of the six key greenhouse gases listed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The purpose of this notice is to enable the government of Canada to gather data for the development of appropriate HFC control strategies…

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