Canadian industry is tops in fighting ozone depletion
(NC) On September 16, as the world readies itself to celebrate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the organization called Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC) has a particularly big reason to also be in a festive mood.
Since its launch 12 years ago, this successful environmental care program has prevented the release of 3 million kilograms of ozone-depleting substances into the atmosphere, reducing ODS emissions by about 1000 tonnes, and greenhouse gas emissions by 254,265 metric tonnes.
“This volume is equivalent to taking 1.5 million cars off our roads for an entire year,” says Warren Heeley, president of RMC. “This is a significant feat for the future of our environment.”
RMC is an industry-driven program that handles the disposal of ozone-depleting refrigerants. Its accomplishments are all the more impressive given that the program is completely voluntary and the only one of its kind in North America.
A refrigeration contractor removes the refrigerant – normally from large air conditioning units and commercial supermarket refrigeration systems – and takes it to an authorized wholesaler, who stores it until an appropriate volume is reached. RMC then collects and disposes of it in an environmentally responsible manner. The award-winning program is managed by the Canadian heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry and supported by refrigerant manufacturers, Environment Canada and Friends of the Earth.
While other countries continue to struggle with ozone-related policies, Canada's progress on ODS reduction has grown, and the RMC program remains a crucial part of this strategy. More information is available at www.refrigerantmanagement.ca.
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