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NZ competition authority says restriction of refrigerant sales 'won't lessen competition'

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has given draft agreement to refrigerant suppliers only selling the gas to those who show proof of appropriate refrigeration qualifications

The Commerce Commission of New Zealand has given draft agreement to a proposal that suppliers, both importers and wholesalers only sell refrigerant to appropriately licensed individuals and companies.

In an echo of the debate currently going on in the UK, the Commission said the Refrigerant Licence Trust Board’s proposal would not result in a ‘lessening of competition’ amongst suppliers. It also said that while some customers would be excluded by this arrangement, the ‘net benefit to the public outweighs any detriment, because the Proposed Arrangement would lead to net benefits of increased compliance and a reduction in the release of potentially hazardous substances into the atmosphere.’

However, the proposal is for a voluntary arrangement amongst the suppliers, rather than a compulsory requirement, and some wholesalers have expressed reservation about signing up.

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