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RMC registers first Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) destruction offset project in Canada


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June 22, 2012

Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC) has successfully verified and registered 170,000 ODS-derived registered emission reductions (RERs) on the Canadian Standards Associations (CSA) Reductions Registry. This is the first successful verification of an Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) destruction project in Canada. Since 2000, RMC has diverted the release of over 2.7 million kilograms of refrigerant from the atmosphere. The initial verification of this achievement involved the successful quantification, registration and serialization of the ODS
sourced by RMC from across Canada and destroyed at the Swan Hills Treatment Centre in Swan Hills, AB.
“We are proud to have officially quantified and verified the significant greenhouse gas reductions that our heating and refrigeration partners have helped the RMC program achieve. Ensuring that these potent greenhouse gases – having some of the highest known Greenhouse Warming Potential (GWP) values – are properly recovered and destroyed is the goal of our program,” noted Warren Heeley, president of RMC.
Following this first verification, RMC delivered 60,000 RERs to natural gas and electricity retailer Just Energy as part of a long-term sales agreement. “The revenue generated from the sale of these offsets is extremely important to the financial viability of our program and will help to ensure that ozone depleting substances in Canada are properly managed and destroyed,” added Heeley. Blue Source Canada, RMC’s offset project development partner, documented and quantified the project according to ISO 14064 Part 2 standards using a protocol adapted from the Climate Action Reserve. This work was verified by ICF Marbek, and subsequently registered on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Reductions Registry.