Climate Change (Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes) Amendment Regulations 2012

2012/401

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Climate Change (Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes) Amendment Regulations 2012

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 10th day of December 2012

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

Pursuant to section 163 of the Climate Change Response Act 2002, His Excellency the Governor-General makes the following regulations, acting—

  • (a) on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and

  • (b) on the recommendation of the Minister for Climate Change Issues made in accordance with the requirements of that Act.

Regulations

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Climate Change (Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes) Amendment Regulations 2012.

2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on 1 April 2013.

3 Principal regulations
4 New regulations 44A to 44C and cross-heading inserted
  • After regulation 44, insert:

    Using sulphur hexafluoride in electrical switchgear

    44A Application of regulations 44B and 44C
    • A person must comply with regulations 44B and 44C if the person, in any year, is a participant under section 54(1)(a) of the Act in respect of the activity in subpart 2 of Part 4 of Schedule 3 of the Act of operating electrical switchgear that uses sulphur hexafluoride.

    44B Collection and recording of information for calculating emissions from use of sulphur hexafluoride in pre-charged equipment
    • (1) The person must collect and record information in relation to electrical switchgear that uses sulphur hexafluoride and that is operated by the person in the year.

      (2) The information is—

      • (a) the total amount (in kilograms) of sulphur hexafluoride that is added into the electrical switchgear in the year; and

      • (b) the capacity for sulphur hexafluoride (in kilograms) of the electrical switchgear; and

      • (c) in relation to electrical switchgear that is installed in the year, the total amount (in kilograms) of sulphur hexafluoride in the electrical switchgear immediately before it is installed; and

      • (d) in relation to electrical switchgear that ceases to be operated in the year, the total amount of sulphur hexafluoride (in kilograms) in the electrical switchgear immediately after it ceases to be operated.

      (3) If the person is required to collect and record information under this regulation in the year beginning on 1 January 2013 and ending with the close of 31 December 2013, the information must relate to that period.

    44C Method of calculating emissions from use of sulphur hexafluoride
    • Emissions in relation to an item of electrical switchgear that uses sulphur hexafluoride and is operated by the person in the year must be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

      TE =  GWP × [(A – (Σ (B – C)) + (Σ (D – E))] 
       1000

      where—

      A
      is the total number of kilograms of sulphur hexafluoride that is added into the electrical switchgear after it is installed in the year as recorded under regulation 44B
      B
      is,—
      • (a)  if the item of electrical switchgear was installed in the year, the capacity of the item; or

      • (b) otherwise, zero

      C
      is,—
      • (a) if the item of electrical switchgear was installed in the year, the total number of kilograms of sulphur hexafluoride in the item immediately before it is installed; or

      • (b) otherwise, zero

      D
      is,—
      • (a) if the item of electrical switchgear ceases to be operated in the year, the capacity of the item; or

      • (b) otherwise, zero

      E
      is,—
      • (a) if the item of electrical switchgear ceases to be operated by the person in the year, the total number of kilograms of sulphur hexafluoride in the item immediately after it ceases to be operated; or

      • (b) otherwise, zero

      GWP
      is the GWP figure for sulphur hexafluoride in table 1 of Schedule 2A
      TE
      is the total emissions in tonnes for operating electrical switchgear.
5 Schedule 2A amended
  • In Schedule 2A, replace tables 1 and 2 with the tables 1 and 2 set out in the Schedule of these regulations.


Schedule
Schedule 2A amended

r 5

Table 1
Figures for synthetic greenhouse gases

Gas Chemical formula GWP
figure
Hydrofluorocarbons    
HFC-23 CHF3 14 800
HFC-32 CH2F2 675
HFC-41 CH3F 92
HFC-125 CHF2CF3 3 500
HFC-134 CHF2CHF2 1 100
HFC-134a CH2FCF3 1 430
HFC-143 CH2FCHF2 353
HFC-143a CH3CF3 4 470
HFC-152 CH2FCH2F 53
HFC-152a CH3CHF2 124
HFC-161 CH3CH2F 12
HFC-227ea CF3CHFCF3 3 220
HFC-236cb CH2FCF2CF3 1 340
HFC-236ea CHF2CHFCF3 1 370
HFC-236fa CF3CH2CF3 9 810
HFC-245ca CH2FCF2CHF2 693
HFC-245fa CHF2CH2CF3 1 030
HFC-365mfc CH3CF2CH2CF3 794
HFC-43-10mee CF3CHFCHFCF2CF3 1 640
Perfluorocarbons    
PFC-14 (perfluoromethane) CF4 7 390
PFC-116 (perfluoroethane) C2F6 12 200
PFC-218 (perfluoropropane) C3F8 8 830
PFC-318 (perfluorocyclobutane) c-C4F8 10 300
PFC-3-1-10 (perfluorobutane) C4F10 8 860
PFC-4-1-12 (perfluoropentane) C5F12 9 160
PFC-5-1-14 (perfluorohexane) C6F14 9 300
PFC-9-1-18 C10F18 7 500
Sulphur hexafluoride SF6 22 800

Table 2
GWP figures for classes of hydrofluorocarbons or perfluorocarbons

Class Type of hydrofluorocarbon Type of perfluo-
rocarbon
 Other
gas
 GWP
figure
for class
  HFC-
23
 HFC-
32
 HFC-125 HFC-134a HFC-143a HFC-152a PFC-218    
GWP 14  800 675 3 500 1 430 4 470 124 8 830 0  
R23 100%               14 800
R134a       100%         1 430
R403B: 5% R290, 56% R22, 39% R218             39% 61% 3 440
R404A: 44% R125, 52% R143a, 4% R134a     44% 4% 52%       3 920
R407C: 23% R32, 25% R125, 52% R134a   23% 25% 52%         1 770
R408A: 7% R125, 46% R143a, 47% R22     7%   46%     47% 2 300
R410A: 50% R32, 50% R125   50% 50%           2 090
R413A: 9% R218, 88% R134a, 3% R600a       88%     9% 3% 2 050
R416A: 59% R134a, 39.5% R124, 1.5% R600       59%       41% 840
R417A: 46.6% R125, 50% R134a, 3.4% R600     46.6% 50%       3.4% 2 350
R422A: 85.1% R125, 11.5% R134a, 3.4% R600a     85.1% 11.5%       3.4% 3 140
R507A: 50% R125, 50% R143a     50%   50%       3 980

Michael Webster,
for Clerk of the Executive Council.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on 1 April 2013, amend the Climate Change (Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes) Regulations 2009 (the principal regulations). The regulations provide for the collection and recording of information for calculating emissions from the use of sulphur hexafluoride in electrical switchgear and for the calculation method. If a person is required to collect and record information under new regulation 44B in the 2013 calendar year, the information must relate to that period. The regulations also replace tables 1 and 2 in Schedule 2A of the principal regulations to update the global warming potential figures for synthetic greenhouse gases in line with the figures in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 13 December 2012.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry for the Environment.