Proposed measures to reduce the environmental impact of fluorinated gases

Closed 18 Dec 2022

Opened 8 Nov 2022

Overview

Fluorinated gases (F-gases) contribute significantly to global warming. This is because they are potent greenhouse gases, with global warming potential hundreds or thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide.  

F-gas refrigerants are found in a range of products such as heat pumps, dehumidifiers, vehicles, fridges and freezers.

We sought feedback on proposed measures to reduce the environmental impact of fluorinated gases (F-gases). This included:

  • a regulated product stewardship scheme for refrigerants 
  • prohibiting the import and sale of pre-charged equipment when alternatives are available, which is expected to happen over the next 10 years.  

Read a short summary of the consultation document [PDF, 1.6MB]

Read the consultation document [PDF, 1.2MB]

What happens next

This consultation closed on 18 December 2022

Officials will analyse submissions and provide advice to the Government on the proposed policies that are discussed in the consultation document. 

If you have any further questions, please email FGas@mfe.govt.nz.