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E.I. DuPont Canada Company: Environmental performance agreement on production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in Canada

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Purpose of the Agreement
Targets
Results
Next Steps
Contact
Background
- Responses to Comments
- Management of Toxic Substances: Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)


Purpose of the Agreement

The purpose of this Agreement is to set environmental performance objectives for the production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in Canada, in support of the Montreal Protocol respecting ozone-depleting substances. E.I. DuPont Canada Company is the sole Canadian manufacturer of HCFCs.

Targets

As a result of this agreement, E.I. DuPont Canada Company (DuPont) agrees that:

  • Its annual production level of HCFCs in Canada will not exceed 122.9 ozone-depleting potential tonnes (ODP-Tonnes), which represents 15 percent of Canada's Baseline Production Level, by January 1, 2010. This is well below the production limit required by the Montreal Protocol for 2010, which is 205 ODP-tonnes (or 25 percent of Canada's Baseline Production Level).
  • In addition to meeting any applicable reporting requirements under the Ozone-depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 (ODSR 1998), DuPont will complete and submit to Environment Canada by January 30th of each year, starting in 2011, the reporting form in Appendix 2 of this Agreement concerning its annual HCFCs production level in Canada.

Results

Environment Canada received DuPont's reports on HCFCs production for the years 2010 to 2013. The production data in the report was checked against the data in DuPont's annual report for the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998. DuPont's production level of HCFCs in Canada is in line with the performance agreement objective, which is not to exceed 122.9 ozone-depleting potential tonnes. Canada is in compliance with its obligations under the Montreal Protocol for its production of HCFCs.

Next Steps

  • DuPont will limit its production of HCFCs in Canada according to the terms of this Agreement.
  • Environment Canada will monitor progress and administer this Agreement.
  • DuPont will submit annual reports on its annual HCFC production level in Canada.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

René Desjardins
Chemicals Production Division
Environment Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd, 11th Floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
Tel.: 819-938-4237
Email: ozoneprotectionprograms@ec.gc.ca

Background

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) were originally developed in the 1950s as refrigerants for air conditioning. In the 1990s, a number of these substances became the first major replacements for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which were phased out under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer due to their ozone-depleting properties. HCFCs have also been found to contribute to ozone depletion.

The Montreal Protocol was adopted in September 1987 in an effort to address the damage done by ozone-depleting substances. As one of the early signatories to the Protocol, Canada has made significant progress in reducing the emissions of ozone-depleting substances through control measures implemented by all levels of governments, changes in technologies and voluntary actions by industry.

The most significant commitments in the Montreal Protocol are the schedules for phasing-out ozone-depleting substances. At the 19th meeting of the Montreal Protocol, Parties agreed to introduce a production phase-out schedule for HCFCs. The production phase-out schedule began January 1, 2010. Canada's HCFC production limit for 2010 under the Montreal Protocol is 205 ODP-tonnes, which is 25 percent of Canada's Baseline Production Level.

Canada implements its obligations under the Montreal Protocol through the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998. These regulations are being amended to reflect the new provisions of the Montreal Protocol and will include HCFC production limits. The revised regulations are expected to come into effect in 2011/2012.

This performance agreement is a precautionary measure until the revised regulations come into effect, to ensure that Canada achieves its production phase-out obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

This agreement was drafted in recognition of DuPont's commitment to limit its production of HCFCs to no more than 15 percent of Canada's baseline production level.

Responses to Comments

The draft Agreement was posted on Environment Canada's Performance Agreements website for a 30-day public consultation period, between October 30 and November 30, 2009. No comments were submitted during the public consultation period and no changes were made to the draft Agreement following consultation.

The Agreement was signed by representatives from Environment Canada and DuPont Canada on January 26, 2010.

For more information on hydrochlorofluorocarbons, see the Management of Toxic Substances section of Environment Canada's website.