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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3572

Mr Robert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Water, in writing, on 4 February 2009:

Does the Government intend to introduce a rebate system where people who clean up harmful refrigerant gases from disused refrigerators are paid a fee per tonne of gas equal to the cost per tonne of carbon dioxide being considered under an emissions trading scheme.

Mr Swan (Treasurer) —The Minister for Climate Change and Water has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

As noted in the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme White Paper, the Government will issue permits to entities that arrange for the destruction of used synthetic greenhouse gases in accordance with Scheme verification requirements. These arrangements will apply to used hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant gases. Permits will be able to be traded or sold on the carbon market.