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Carbon Pricing and Refrigerants


The introduction of the carbon tax on refrigerants from 1 July this year will have a significant impact on the industry,

although perhaps not in the fashion the Government had intended.


The industry will be forced to digest significant cost increases with limited options to reduce or minimise these costs.

Carbon Tax: How will it work?

Download and print Refrigerants Australia fact sheet on carbon tax implications for refrigerants 

Carbon Tax

pdfCarbon Tax.pdf 406KB


General information on the carbon tax and other matters relating to synthetic greenhouse gases is available from:


The Government has prepared a number of facts sheets setting out the nuts and bolts of the carbon tax.

These are:


Applying an equivalent carbon price to synthetic greenhouse gases (PDF - 300KB) |   (Word - 3075KB)

Calculating the equivalent carbon price on synthetic greenhouse gases (PDF - 390KB) |  (Word - 1850KB)

How the equivalent carbon price will affect synthetic greenhouse gases (PDF - 373KB) |  (Word - 1215KB)

The Government has also developed a carbon tax calculator setting out the tax payable on specific refrigerants.

You can download this from:



But What is the Bottom Line?

The actual amount of tax imposed on refrigerants can be calculated by referring to the government's fact sheets link above, but it

is important to bear in mind associated cost increases, such as financing, insurance and compliance that are more

difficult to estimate, and will vary from business to business according to each business's circumstances. All we can

say at this stage is that the price of refrigerants will increase by the order of 300-600%.

A Word to the Wise


While the shock of the imposition of the carbon tax is difficult to gauge at this stage, authorities will be watching the

process very closely.


The Australian Competition Consumer Commission has an extremely useful section on its website outlining the

responsibilities of business in managing the carbon price.




Broadly speaking, if businesses claim that a price rise is due to the inclusion of the carbon price, they should be prepared

to substantiate such claims.


Price increases blamed on the carbon tax that cannot be substantiated could attract severe penalties.