The government has announced its first-ever Emissions Reduction Plan, a significant step forward to sustainability. The Plan hopes to see a reduction of refrigerant gases by 30 percent in 2035, but the Recovery Trust will keep its sights set on a 90 percent reduction rate in the same period.
“The Trust aspires to do a lot better. We’ve been working with the Ministry for the Environment on the leadership and structure of a regulated product stewardship scheme, which we believe can achieve substantially greater reductions to the environmental impact of synthetic refrigerant gases while retaining the significant benefits of refrigeration and air-conditioning in New Zealand." Said Recovery Trust CEO CEO Janine Brinsdon
“90 percent reduction is the Trust’s goal. The leakage of synthetic refrigerants in New Zealand makes up around 2 percent of our total emissions. The Trust believes a combined effort on training, awareness, disposal and destruction services, along with early adoption of new technology, will almost eliminate the climate harm from these gases by 3035. For perspective, this is roughly equivalent to taking all the cars and trucks off Christchurch roads.” Said Recovery Trust Chair Richard Lauder.
Synthetic refrigerant gases are one of the leading contributors to climate change worldwide.