How is the RMC Program Funded?

RMC is funded by an environmental levy remitted by refrigerant manufacturers, importers and reclaimers on sales of HCFC refrigerants (e.g. R-22). HCFC refrigerants are controlled ozone-depleting substances primarily used in air conditioning equipment (residential, commercial and industrial) and commercial refrigeration equipment. Submission of the levy commenced on January 1, 2001. The monies RMC receives from this levy funds all aspects of the program including the collection, transportation, storage, and disposal of refrigerants that enter the program. The levy on HCFCs is currently $3.50 per kilogram.

Estimated CFC Surplus Stocks

In the second quarter of 2003, RMC commissioned a survey to determine the current stocks of CFC-12 and CFC-502 in the stationary refrigeration and air conditioning industry. Based on the information collected in the survey and adding the estimated CFC stocks for chillers, there are approximately 2,923,000 kilograms (2,923 metric tonnes) of CFC refrigerants currently in use in the Canadian industry. The estimated costs to dispose of this surplus may be as high as $40 million.

The levy and the RMC fund is reviewed annually to ensure adequate funds are available to support the program's operations.

For a copy of the RMC CFC Refrigerants Survey Report, contact April Heeley at 1-866-622-0209 or e-mail aheeley@hrai.ca

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