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Refrigerant Management Canada: by the industry, for the industry

November 17, 2015 | By Doug Picklyk

RMC celebrates 15 years of protecting the environment.

Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC) held its 15th annual general meeting on November 12, 2015 at the Four Points by Sheraton – Toronto Airport in Mississauga, ON.

RMC is a not-for-profit corporation established by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Canadian refrigeration and air conditioning industry. “RMC was developed for the industry, by the industry,” said Warren Heeley, HRAI president. “I recall people saying “It won’t work.”

“The mandate of RMC never came forward in regulations. The industry forged ahead with RMC because it was good for the environment,” stated Heeley.

Looking ahead, the Proposed Pollution Prevention (P2) Planning Notice in Respect of Halocarbons Used as a Refrigerant is expected to result in RMC accepting HFCs. “This marks the culmination of eight years of work, and means the program has a sustainable future,” said Heeley.

The event also featured a seminar on R22 Refrigerant System Conversions with Nick Reggi, CMS. He explained the challenges and technical issues with refrigerant conversions in the residential and light commercial refrigerant sectors.

Look for more comprehensive coverage of the meeting and training session in HPAC December.


Pollution prevention (P2) planning is a process to examine current operations and develop a plan to eliminate or reduce pollution at the source.  By developing a P2 plan facilities are able to identify options according to the environmental protection hierarchy (prevention, reuse/recycle, treatment, control, waste disposal), evaluate these options and implement them within a specified time frame.  P2 planning places emphasis on identifying the most cost-effective options, including those where facilities can see a return on investment.



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