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Advocacy / Focus areas / Net zero

Transitioning to a net zero future

Australia, as a signatory to the Paris Climate Change Agreement COP21, has committed to reducing emissions levels by 43 per cent by 2030, and to reaching net zero emissions nationally by 2050. As Australia moves to meet these challenges, the HVAC&R sector has a vital part to play.

The HFC phase-down and refrigerant transition

Australia is undertaking a statutory phase-down that will reduce HFC imports (based on CO2-e) by 85 per cent by 2036. This work represents our government’s commitment to the Kigali Amendment, a worldwide agreement to a global 85 per cent phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 2050. This is anticipated to avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming this century. AIRAH has been partnering with industry and government to help achieve this goal.

Building sector sustainability

AIRAH advocates for all governments and all industry stakeholders to commit to achieving net-zero emissions buildings through a range of programs and measures. This includes reducing operational emissions through electrification, energy efficiency and smart, grid-interactive buildings, as well as reducing embodied carbon through better design and material selection and use.

Recent net zero updates