22 May 2002

06-05 The Three R’s – Results Of An International Assessment Of Policies, Practices And National Plans


The International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Centre has conducted a study to gather information on the refrigerant recovery, recycling, and reclamation policies being pursued in representative countries of major markets located in Asia, Europe, and North America. The study was aimed at comparing and contrasting the effectiveness of different approaches, and where possible to quantify subsequent emission reductions and environmental and cost benefits.
Input on the relevant issues covering policies, practices and national plans was obtained directly from experts within the various countries, with additional material being provided by an international project technical advisory group. This information has been analyzed and fully documented in an IEA Heat Pump Centre project final report. This paper provides an overview of the contents of that report, and serves to highlight the diversity of approaches with regard to policies, regulations, and practices for accomplishing recovery, recycling, and reclamation of refrigerants in different countries within major market areas.