Quebec announces Regulations for the Recovery of Major Appliances

Connector November 2019

Translated from French to English, please excuse any spelling or grammar errors.

Reducing Greenhouse Gases – New Regulations to Accelerate the Recovery of Major Appliances

In order to concretely and significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Minister of the Environment and the fight against climate change, Mr. Benoit Charette, announced Monday a new regulation to accelerate the recovery and reclamation of major appliances that have reached the end of their useful life. To do this, the Minister amended the Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by businesses to subject producers of major appliances to the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR). Government investments of $ 90 million are also planned to reduce the economic impact of this measure on consumers.

After the introduction of the bill to effectively govern the fight against climate change and promote electrification on October 31, 2019, this is a second step taken in just a few days to respond to the issue of climate change.

The measure announced today is expected to result in a sharp drop of more than 200,000 tonnes of GHGs each year, equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 60,000 cars.

The regulation will require producers of major appliances to recover and reclaim their end-of-life products as of December 5, 2020. They will also have to meet the government’s recovery rate starting in 2024. Non-refrigerant gas appliances (for example, stoves and dishwashers) will have two years more than manufacturers of other types of appliances to achieve the recovery target set for them.

In an effort to reconcile respect for the environment and the protection of Quebecers’ money, the government will invest a total of $ 90 million over the 2020-2031 period to support producers in this process and avoid imposing new fees on consumers. RECYC-QUÉBEC will implement the government’s reimbursement program for manufacturers of the management costs of major household appliances that have reached the end of their useful life. The financial assistance granted will decrease over time as the industry implements more and more successful programs.

Finally, note the excellent cost / GHG reduction ratio of this measure, since $ 93 will be invested for every tonne of GHGs avoided. In comparison, Green Fund measures cost taxpayers between $ 200 and $ 1,300 per tonne.

Quotes:

“In action for the climate and the environment, our government wants to equip itself with the best means to reduce Quebec’s GHG emissions while protecting Quebecers’ portfolios. One of these means is to promote the recovery and recovery of major appliances. It is a concrete, effective and balanced measure. No more time for measures that yield too little results! I am proud to announce another milestone in a series of actions in which the Government of Québec intends to meet the climate challenge. ”

Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change

“The benefits of extended producer responsibility are many. This approach protects our environment and resources by increasing the recovery and enhancement of products in targeted areas and by promoting a greener design for these products. I am therefore pleased to see RECYC-QUÉBEC closely associated with this approach. We will continue to proudly track the recovery programs implemented by the industry and work together to identify the next products that should be included in the EPR. These are great ways to help achieve our ultimate goal of a zero waste society. ”

Sonia Gagné, President and CEO of RECYC-QUÉBEC

Highlights:

  • The major household appliances covered by this new regulation are refrigerators, freezers, ovens, air conditioners, dishwashers, washers and dryers.
  • Remember that refrigerants, halocarbons, are powerful GHGs. They have a global warming potential of 1,400 to 10,900 times higher than that of carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • The companies targeted by the regulation will be able to set up an individual or joint program (by chain or brand) of recovery and recovery or ask a body accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC to manage for them a collective program.
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy instrument that is well established in Quebec. In fact, the products targeted gradually since 2012 are electronic products, batteries, mercury lamps, paints and their containers, as well as oils, coolants and antifreezes, their filters and their containers and other similar products.
  • According to the protocols in force, companies will have access to offset credits, in the context of the carbon market, for the good management of halocarbons contained in the foams of household refrigerating appliances.

Source: Government of Quebec