Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996
New Zealand’s commitments under the Montreal
Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer are contained
in the Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996 and the Ozone Layer Protection
The Ozone Layer Protection Act lays down the broad controls for ozone-depleting
substances. Its provisions include:
- a prohibition on the import, manufacture, sale or export of such
substances except as allowed under the Regulations (Section 6)
- provision for exemptions for essential uses, such as the import
of CFCs for meter dose inhalers for asthma and related conditions
(sections 8 and 9)
- provision for the Minister for the Environment to require that
people handling ozone-depleting substances develop codes of practice
and/or know their obligations under the Act and have sufficient
knowledge to be able to fulfil them (sections 10 to 12)
- making it an offence to breach the above prohibition or to release
controlled substances knowingly during installation, servicing, operating
or dismantling equipment (Section 13(f))
- provision for the making of Regulations to control ozone-depleting
substances (Part III).
The Environmental Protection Authority is responsible for enforcing the legislation, and managing the permit system for imports and exports, while the Ministry for the Environment has overall responsibility for policy.
Ozone Layer Protection Regulations 1996
The Ozone Layer Protection Regulations contain the rules relating to
specific substances. Most of the controls are on importing bulk substances.
The regulations also prohibit the import of dehumidifiers, refrigerators,
freezers, air-conditioners, supermarket display cases, heat pumps and
water coolers that contain CFCs except where they are part of another
piece of equipment (for example, a fixed refrigeration system in a boat).
Important features of the regulations are:
- a full list of substances which are controlled
- prohibition on the import or export in bulk and the manufacture
of most controlled substances
- provision for the import of methyl bromide under permit for soil
fumigation and for quarantine and preshipment purposes
- a phase-out schedule for HCFCs and details of the import permit
system in use during the phase-out period
- prohibition on the import of certain items containing ozone-depleting
substances, including fire extinguishers containing any controlled
- details of exemptions that can be made for “essential uses”.
Information on applying for import or export permits for ozone depleting substances is available on the Environmental Protection Authority website.
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Last updated: 21 May 2013