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Big shake-up of NZ training sector proposed

A PROPOSED national NZ Institute of Skills and Technology would take command of programme design, administration and enrolments for 16 polytechnic campuses and 11 industry training organisations (ITO) around New Zealand. ITOs would be replaced by employer-led Industry Skills Bodies … Continue reading

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Cautious welcome for Australian government’s repair information sharing consultation paper

THE Australian federal government has released consultation paper about mandating the sharing of vehicle service and repair information between car companies and independent repairers. Although this step toward a mandatory code has been broadly welcomed, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association … Continue reading

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Official HWSA position paper on flammable refrigerants

THE Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) has released a position paper on the use of flammable refrigerants in the workplace. It does not mince its words on the subject of retrofits: “Refrigerant gases must be compatible with the refrigeration … Continue reading

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Aftermarket Expo seminar program announced

A PROGRAM of 10 free educational seminars has been announced for the 2019 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and co-located Collision Repair Expo that will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4 to 6. Here is … Continue reading

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Michael Bennett steps down from RRA GM role, elected chair of ARC board

REFRIGERANT Reclaim Australia general manager Michael Bennett has stepped aside from the leadership role, having steered one of the world’s most successful and effective refrigerant stewardship operations since 1993. Mr Bennett will remain involved with specific RRA projects and support … Continue reading

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More signs of ozone layer recovery

THE World Meteorological Association’s latest scientific report on ozone depletion has confirmed that the ozone layer has continued to recover and that levels of ozone-destroying substances in the atmosphere keep declining. With ozone recovery at a rate of between one … Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz launches hydrogen plug-in hybrid

JUST when you were getting used to the concept of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, Mercedes-Benz throws a curveball with a version of its GLC SUV that is powered by a plug-in hybrid hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain. It … Continue reading

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ARC retains control of licensing scheme

THE Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) will continue administering the national refrigeration and air-conditioning licence scheme for up to nine more years, having successfully renewed its contract with the federal government. Controlling the handling and trade of refrigerants through measures such as licensing, … Continue reading

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US EPA could allow DIYers to buy HFCs

WHILE Australian refrigerant controls go from strength to strength, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating the potential elimination of requirements for people purchasing or handling refrigerants to hold Section 608 certification. The EPA has also proposed the … Continue reading

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Slapped wrist, but no fine for Germany over HFCs

LEGAL action by the European Commission (EC) against Germany has not resulted in a fine after the nation allowed Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler to manufacture and sell almost 134,000 vehicles using R134a refrigerant in contravention of the European MAC Directive. … Continue reading

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