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Ecologically Sustainable Development and Environmental Performance

Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases

Defence continued to manage the phase out of ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases in accordance with the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989. New regulations were released in 2005 and Defence is rapidly rolling out the new regulations, particularly the end user requirements outlined in the Fire Protection Industry Regulations and the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Regulations.

To reflect the new regulations, a review and update of the Defence Instruction (General) on Management of Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Green House Gases is near completion. Defence contract clauses have also been updated requiring all facilities and capability developments to be compliant with the new regulations.

During 2004-05, the Navy, Army and Air Force maintained essential user status with the National Halon Essential Users Panel for the use of halon within critical fire fighting systems. An Implementing Arrangement with the United States Defense Logistics Agency was also signed for the storage of halon at the Defence National Storage and Distribution Centre, Moorebank. Defence Materiel Organisation fleet and project areas also continued to encourage suppliers to provide equipment without ozone depleting substances or synthetic greenhouse gases.

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