Michael Bennett has been involved with RRA since its early days and began managing the program on a consulting basis in early 1997. As the program expanded and the quantity of refrigerant being recovered and destroyed grew strongly the RRA Board recognized the need for a full-time General Manager, and Michael was appointed to the position in mid-2000. Since commencing the recovery program has grown from 50 tonnes per year in the early days to more than 500 tonnes now.
In addition to his long-term efforts for RRA, Michael has also contributed to national and international initiatives particularly in the field of extended producer responsibility and product stewardship. Michael assisted the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with their publication – Extended Producer Responsibility – A guideline for Governments. He was also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Technical and Economic Advisory Panel (TEAP) Special Report – Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System. The IPCC and TEAP authors were collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
RRA has also received prestigious awards including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Montreal Protocol Implementers Award, and two awards from the United States of America Environment Protection Agency one being for Stratospheric Ozone Protection and the other for Climate Protection.