MOPIA Meets with Manitoba Conservation and Climate Minister
MOPIA’s New Senior Sustainability Advisor
MOPIA is pleased to announce the Appointment of Mr. Rajendra Shende as MOPIA’s Senior Sustainability Advisor. See Press Release below:
MOPIA on CTV News – HCFC 22 Phaseout
Next Certification Training Sessions
Winnipeg – Saturday March 28, 2020 (postponed)
Tentative Manitoba Class Offerings
Wednesday, May 6 in Brandon
Saturday, May 23 in Winnipeg
Wednesday, May 27 in Winkler
Thursday, May 28 in Steinbach
Call MOPIA for details or to register for either session. Cost is $185/pp
All classes begin at 8:15 am and run until approx. 4 pm
MOPIA at UNEPs Ozone Secretariats 31st Meeting of the Parties in Rome, Italy, 2019
MOPIA had a strong team attend MOP 31 in Rome, including Meghan Skorodenski, John Kubilanski, Mark Miller and Genoa de Bruin.
See details at:
MOPIA’s 26th AGM is April 22
MOPIA’s 25th AGM held
MOPIA’s 25th Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Winnipeg.
MOPIAs 24th AGM Agenda and Annual Report can be accessed here:
Regulation Consultation – Be Part of It!
Program Awareness Sessions Held
MOPIA will be hosting a series of free program awareness and Manitoba ODS 103/94 regulation consultation sessions beginning June, 2020. Participants will hear the latest and are encouraged to share ideas and any concerns. They will be conveniently held in various Manitoba locations. Complimentary breakfast or lunch will be provided. Here is where we plan to offer the sessions…
- June 9 Dauphin at 12 noon at the Super 8
- June 10 Roblin at 12 noon TBA
- June 11 Winnipeg at 12 noon at the Cindy Klassen Rec Centre
- June 16 Portage la Prairie at 12 noon at the Super 8
- June 17 Brandon at 12 noon at ACC Len Evans Centre, 2nd Flr.
- June 18 Neepawa
- June 25 Steinbach at 12 noon at the Days Inn
- June 30 Winkler at 12 noon at the Days Inn
- July 14 Winnipeg at 7:45 am at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre
- July 16 Selkirk at 12 noon at the Canalta Inn
- July 21 Gimli at 12 noon at TBA
- July 20 Lac du Bonnet at 12 noon at TBA
- July 27 Pinawa
The Manitoba ODS and Other Halocarbons Regulation 103/94 can be see here:
Your input on making improvements to Manitoba’s ODS Regulation is encouraged. Please see the attached document and submit any suggestions to MOPIA by mid September 2019.
International Ozone Day 16 Sept
Import Rules for HFCs Changing/Aerosol, Foam & Auto HFC A/C Bans (2021)
Environment and Climate Change Canada released details regarding the Amendments to the Federal ODS and Halocarbons Regulations coming into effect on April 16, 2018. See more here…
Proof Chemicals Deplete The Ozone Layer
A new research paper recently published (January 4, 2018) in the Geophysical Research Letters “Decline in Antarctic Ozone Depletion and Lower Stratospheric Chlorine Determined From Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Observations” highlights that inorganic chlorine is the catalyst in destroying ozone in the upper atmosphere, the stratosphere. While this was often assumed, this is Paper is seen as providing the first direct proof that the ozone hole is recovering due to less chlorine (chemicals) in the stratosphere.
It is still believed the ozone hole and depletion in the broader context will still take until the years 2060-2080 before the ozone layer recovers itself naturally. See the full Paper at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL074830/full
MOPIA Provides Training at Island Lakes First Nations
On February 28, 2018, MOPIA in collaboration with CIER, provided certification training to 17 First Nations waste management specialists. A picture of the group is below.
Canada and The Paris Agreement
On October 5, 2016, Canada’s Parliament ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It becomes effective on November 4, 2016. Canada’s provinces will have to develop an approach to address climate change or the federal government will intervene.
GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 5, 2016 /CNW/ – Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, released the following statement on the occasion of Canada ratifying the Paris Agreement at the United Nations in New York:
“From the earliest days of our government’s mandate, as Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I have been invested in the Paris Agreement. In December 2015, I led Canada’s delegation to COP21, where Canada played an instrumental role in reaching that historic agreement to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. And where Canada fought to make sure Indigenous rights were recognized in the Agreement by all 195 countries that signed on. And I was there when Canada signed the Paris Agreement on April 22, Earth Day.
“Today, Parliament voted to support the ratification of the Paris Agreement, true to our commitment to do so this year. And once again, Canada is a leader on climate change. Our action will bring the world over the threshold of 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions needed to bring the Paris Agreement into force.
“Here at home, we continue to work for Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, businesses, and the provinces and territories. We remain committed to developing a Canadian plan for clean growth and climate change to support families and businesses in making our country cleaner and more competitive.
“We are the first generation to truly feel the effects of climate change, and the last that is able to do something about it before it is too late. Canada’s children will remember today as the day the world did something about it.
“I’m proud to be a part of the Canadian and global effort to address climate change, and secure a cleaner future for our planet.”
Show It/See It – It’s the Law
37 & 38 OEWG in Vienna
The 37th and 38th OEWG and the 3rd Extraordinary MOP was held in Vienna, Austria July 15-23. Review the documents discussed via following the website below:
Halocarbon Stewardship Plans Required
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) has published a Notice Requiring the Preparation and Implementation of Pollution Prevention Plans in Respect of Halocarbons Used as a Refrigerant in the Canada Gazette, Part I. This Notice is published under Part 4 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).
This Notice was developed in consideration of all comments received from stakeholders further to the publication of the proposed Notice on April 18, 2015. A document containing the responses to comments received during these consultations is posted here at http://www.ec.gc.ca/planp2-p2plan/default.asp?lang=En&n=40C4637C.
This Notice applies to companies that:
annually import 100 kg or more of bulk halocarbons, whether alone or in a mixture, to be used, in whole or in part, as a refrigerant in the refrigeration or stationary air conditioning sectors; or
manufacture or reclaim halocarbons that are to be used, whether alone or in a mixture, in whole or in part, as a refrigerant in the refrigeration or stationary air conditioning sectors; or
You may refer to the following documents that are available on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website under “Pollution Prevention Planning Support tools” at http://www.ec.gc.ca/planp2-p2plan/default.asp?lang=En&n=3D468D8C-1:
Pollution Prevention Planning Provisions of Part 4 of CEPA 1999: Frequently Asked Questions
Guidelines for Implementation of the Pollution Prevention Planning Provisions of Part 4 of CEPA 1999
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Pollution Prevention Planning Handbook
A copy of the Notice can be found at http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2016/2016-05-21/html/sup2-eng.body.html.
Manitoba’s 41st Legislature Throne Speech
Aerosol HFC Controls Encouraged
MOPIA has long advanced and encouraged the elimination of the use of HFC’s in aerosol containers. HFC 134a and HFC 52 are used as a propellant carrier product gas in many, many consumer products from air horns to anti-perspirants. Alternatives and other methods are available for manufacturers to mitigate the use of HFCs in these applications. See our latest news on this issue:
37th OEWG Meets in Geneva – HFCs Controls on the Agenda
The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol took place in Geneva, Switzerland, 4-6 April. Some progress was made in considering a pathway forward to include and control HFCs but no formal agreement was reached. Parties will be meeting again in Vienna, Austria in Summer 2016 at an intersessional meeting to possibly formalize an amendment in time for the in next Montreal Protocol meeting set for October 2016 in Rwanda.
International Ozone Day
September 16 is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Regulated Products Bulletin
Find out what products are regulated in Manitoba in our Bulletin highlighted here:
2020 SD Permit Renewal Form
Click on the link above to access a 2020 renewal Secondary Distributor Permit form or below for a Record Data Form.
Environment Canada Notice on HFCs
Environment Canada has issued a Notice of Intent to Regulate HFCs. See details via the links highlighted here:
In addition, a News Release is available here:
MOPIA’s March 2019 Bulletin
DIY – Use a Professional
Consumers should be cautious that topping-up of a regulated refrigerant is prohibited and adding a different refrigerant into an existing A/C system inappropriately has risks – see our poster below…..
2018 Program Awareness Sessions
The events are free and will include information packed into an hour long PowerPoint session. Learn about your regulatory obligations, new and emerging refrigerants and industry technologies. MOPIA officials will be present to answer questions and hear your concern.
Dates and locations will be posted on the registration form below.
Scientific Assessment Released
The Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) of the Montreal Protocol has completed its quadrennial assessment in accordance with decision XXIII/13 of the 23rd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The report entitled “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014” can be downloaded from the Ozone Secretariat’s website at this link:
The Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) of the Montreal Protocol has completed its quadrennial assessment in accordance with decision XXIII/13 of the Twenty-Third Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The EEAP report entitled “Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment” can be downloaded from the Ozone Secretariat’s website at this link: http://ozone.unep.org/en/assessment_panels_bodies.php?committee_id=8
Significant Arctic Ozone Depletion
Ozone Depletion Significant in the Arctic – Record Levels
Also note, the next Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol will take place in Montreal in Fall, 2017. See details at: www.unep.org/ozone
Switch the Stat
Switch the Stat is a National Stewardship effort to responsibly collect mercury switches from all sorts of equipment including fridges and freezers. If you have mercury switches, look for a local depot to deposit them. See: www.switchthestat.ca/eng/index.php
MOPIA is a Switch the Stat Depot at 1082 Main Street. Hours to drop off switches are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm weekdays.