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Australian refrigeration end-users up in arms over soaring refrigerant prices

Climate change minister fuels debate as cold store owners to farmers complain that refrigerant rises have far outpaced the national carbon tax

A coalition of end-users has petitioned the Australian government over soaring refrigerant prices, which they say no cannot be attributed to the recently introduced national carbon taxes.

In one case, R404A was being quoted at rising £190 per kg, whereas the impact of carbon tax would account for just a £50 increase, end-users warned.

John Brent of farming group AUSVEG told ABC News that one member had seen their re-gas costs rise from £3000 to over £13,000 as a result.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet has waded into the argument warning that the Australian competition authority had authority to crack down on firms that seek to exploit the carbon tax to increase prices significantly.

He said: “They’re just letting you draw a conclusion that somehow this is all the evil carbon tax, whereas it is actually evil price gouging in my opinion.”

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