From 1 January 2020, a new condition has been added to your refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) permit.
Permit holders must not charge RAC equipment with a refrigerant that has a higher global warming potential (GWP) than the refrigerant the equipment was designed to use.
Such charging is an offence under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations1995 and penalties apply. This offence applies to any person carrying out work on RAC equipment, regardless of whether they have a permit.
RAC equipment is inherently leaky. If you replace a no GWP or low GWP refrigerant with a high GWP refrigerant, you will ultimately get more global warming emissions.
The ban on charging RAC equipment with refrigerants that have a higher GWP than the equipment was designed to support Australia’s response to the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down and the transition to no GWP or low GWP refrigerants.