The RMC Program is Canada's response to the "Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer", an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer from ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are used in air conditioning and refrigeration applications. Ozone-depleting refrigerants are also potent greenhouse gases; therefore the benefits of the RMC program are twofold, protecting the ozone layer and the climate.

Established by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and championed by the Canadian stationary refrigeration and air conditioning industry, the RMC Program is one of the most successful responses to this global environmental initiative.

The Program is an award-winning environmental care program committed to the responsible disposal of surplus refrigerants from the stationary refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

In 2007, the RMC Program received international recognition when it was awarded the Best-of-the-Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

The success of the RMC Program to date is a strong testament to the environmental commitment and leadership shown by all of our stakeholders and the dedication of our Board of Directors.

The counter below shows some of the RMC Program's environmental accomplishments to date:

The ozone depletion potential (ODP) of a chemical compound refers to the amount of damage it can cause to the ozone layer. This counter shows - in kilograms - the reduction in ozone depleting substances (ODS) emissions; a direct result of the RMC Program's successes in safely collecting and destroying ozone depleting refrigerant.