On April 7, 2014, the Minister of the Environment issued a Notice with respect to hydrofluorocarbons (the
"Notice"), 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.
Who must report
Entities must report under the Notice if they exceed either of
the following thresholds:
manufactured more than 100 kg of the specified HFCs at a
concentration equal to or greater than1% by weight; or
imported or exported more than 100k of the specified HFCs,
either alone or in a mixture, at a concentration equal to or
greater than 1% by weight.
What to report
If either threshold is triggered, the report to Environment
Canada must include: the name of the substance, the year of
reference, the quantity of the mixture containing the HFCs (if the
substance is found in a mixture), and the ASHRAE
number1, if applicable.
The particulars of what must be reported vary depending on
several factors including whether:
the HFC s were manufactured, imported, or exported;
the HFCs are on their own or in a mixture; and
if in a mixture, whether the HFCs have a specific ASHRAE
Why compliance is necessary
Compliance with this Notice is mandatory. Non-compliance or
providing false or misleading information may attract penalties
under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, which have
recently been increased to up to $12 million, imprisonment up to
three years, or both.
1 ASHRAE: American Society of heating, Refrigeration and
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