Hydrofluorocarbons phase down

About the consultation

The Ministry for the Environment consulted on New Zealand’s phase down of hydrofluorocarbons, greenhouse gases which could have a significant climate change impact. New Zealand supported in 2016 the world’s agreement to phase down HFCs worldwide and this consultation explored how we could implement the agreement.

For more information on the Government's proposals read our consultation document.

This consultation document sought feedback on proposals, including:

  • a permitting system to phase down the import of HFCs
  • other controls required to meet the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol
  • additional supporting measures to help business transition to lower global warming alternatives.

We also sought feedback on the impact of the phase down on business.

Submissions closed at 5.00pm on Friday 23 June 2017. See submissions below.

To find out more about the imports of HFCs into New Zealand, see:

Calculations from the New Zealand Hydrofluorocarbon Inventory in relation to the Kigali Amendment 2016 to the Montreal Protocol

Next steps

The next steps towards ratification include going through the Parliamentary treaty examination process, which provides Parliament with an opportunity to consider the text of the treaty alongside the accompanying National Interest Analysis.


Some personal information, confidential information and commercially sensitive information has been withheld under sections 9(2)(a), 9(2)(ba)(i) and 9(2)(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act 1982.

Contact us

Phone: 04 439 7400

Consultation State