4.1 Introduction and National Action Plan

Introduction

In previous chapters, refrigerants, their chemical make-up, and the part that refrigerants play in depleting the ozone layer and contributing to climate change have been discussed.

Furthermore, the role that governments and industry have played and continue to play in the protection of the ozone layer was revealed.

In this chapter, Environment Canada’s Code of Practice for the Elimination of Fluorocarbon Emissions from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems and the  Manitoba Ozone Depleting Substances Act and Regulation are described.

National Action Plan (NAP)

The NAP was originally prepared in 1992 to guide industry and government in the recovery, recycling, and reclamation of CFCs.

It allowed for the development of a multi-jurisdictional framework for harmonizing federal, provincial and territorial governments.

This helped to facilitate the implementation and harmonization of Canada’s Ozone Layer Protection Program.

The NAP was updated in 1998 and in 2001 and identified new tasks such as transitioning from CFCs and halons to alternative substances, ensuring the proper disposal of (ODS) substances and identifying phase-out approaches for specific industry sectors.