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Environmental Code of Practice for Elimination of Fluorocarbon Emissions from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems


This Code of Practice was originally published in 1991 to fulfil the responsibilities of the Minister of Environment for the formulation of environmental codes of practice as required under Section 8 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The main purpose of this Code was to provide guidelines for the reduction of atmospheric emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning applications.

The Code of Practice (Code) has been revised, updated, and expanded to cover six trade sectors, and an addendum of pertinent information that can be applied to all trade sectors such as Industrial/Commercial, Residential, Residential Domestic Appliances, Mobile Air Conditioning, Mobile Refrigeration, and Heavy-duty Mobile Air Conditioning. The Code can also now be used as a reference for the reduction of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) emissions.

The revised Code reflects the development of new alternative refrigerants, new technologies, revised practices and procedures, and additional regulatory requirements. It has therefore been retitled “Code of Practice for Elimination of Fluorocarbon Emissions from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems”.

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This report has been reviewed by the National Office of Pollution Prevention, Environment Canada and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not necessarily constitute recommendation or endorsement for use.