RMC to increase levy on HCFCs and HFCs

The Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC) board of directors recently conducted an in-depth analysis of its program. Upon review of the volumes of refrigerant, the impact resulting from the import prohibition of HCFCs in 2020, refrigerant inventories and industry trends, the board determined that a significant increase in the HCFC and HFC levies is required to ensure the RMC Program has sufficient funds to handle the anticipated volume of refrigerants in the coming years.

Effective January 1, 2021 the environmental levy on the sales of new and reclaimed HCFCs or HCFC blends, as well as HFCs and HFC blends sold into the Canadian HVAC/R and stationary sectors will increase as follows: the HCFC levy will increase by $0.50, bringing the levy rate to $5.00 per kilogram and the HFC Levy will increase by $0.50, bringing the levy rate to $1.50 per kilogram.

RMC has collected and destroyed over 4.0 million kilograms of surplus refrigerant waste. To date, the cost to collect and properly dispose of the surplus refrigerant has been in excess of $70 million or $3.5 million per year of operation.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko, director environmental services, Refrigerant Management Canada by email: [email protected].