California Works Towards Reducing HFC Emissions

In an article written by the, Cooling Post.

In 2017, the US Court of Appeals ruled that the EPA did not have the authority to reduce hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs, through the Clean Air Act. This section of the Clean Air Act removed certain high GWP refrigerants, like 404a, 410a, 134a, and 407a, from the EPA’s SNAP list for use in certain new products.

However, this week the California Air and Resources Board (CARB) adopted the EPA’s previously proposed SNAP rules. California says they are working to reduce their emissions to mandated state and federal levels. Under a senate bill authored by Ricardo Lara, the Lara Bill, California will reduce its HFC emissions by 40% below 2013 levels by 2030. Due to the US Court of Appeals overruling the SNAP rules California passed its own regulations to stay in line with their goals.

The Cooling Industry Is About to See a Huge Economic Boom

In an article written by Sonia Aggarwal, by Forbes.com

The cooling industry is about to see a huge economic boom. As cities become more populated and household incomes increase in tropical regions, researchers estimate the amount of electricity needed to meet the rising demand for cooling could be ten times higher by 2050 than it is today. There will be a huge opportunity for companies to create newer, cleaner cooling technologies to meet this demand.

Three trends regarding the cooling boom are taking place and lawmakers and the global community are taking note. Those three trends are: finding ways to keep energy used for cooling at a minimum, the Kigali Amendment, and jockeying for competitive advantage in the market.

To get ahead of the coming economic growth, the next few years of planning and production are critical.  The market share will be won by manufacturers that can replace HFCs while also making cooling as a whole more effecient.

Read the full article here. 

Press Release: Dynatemp Urges Support for the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act

Dynatemp Encourages Rare Bipartisan Effort to Pass AIM Act Quickly

Mechanicsburg, PA – February 20th, 2018 – Republican Sen. John Kennedy (La.) and Democratic Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) introduced bipartisan legislation on Feb. 15th that would enable the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a market-based system to limit hydrofluorocarbons, or HFC’s. As introduced, the AIM Act would give the EPA the necessary authority to develop a phasedown schedule of HFC’s, similar to the authorities granted by the Montreal Protocol for HCFC refrigerants such as R-22. The bill’s introduction directly precedes a reverse of an Obama era ruling on banning certain HFC’s with high global warming potential, a case which is now being petitioned to be taken up with the Supreme Court.

“In light of the recent court of appeals ruling, Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Carper have demonstrated the leadership necessary to advance HFC reductions. The refrigerant industry has been waiting for federal leadership on the HFC phasedown issue for quite some time now.” Brad Kivlan, CEO of Dynatemp stated. “We applaud Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Carper on taking a necessary step in ensuring the certainty of HFC reductions. As part of this support, Dynatemp plans to individually reach out to our representatives in the Senate to encourage a vote and ultimately an approval of S. 2448, the AIM Act. The AIM Act already has wide industry, environmentalist and political support.”

Ensuring certainty around the new development of refrigerant technologies is important to consumers, the environment, and the economy. With the U.S. and the $206B refrigerant industry fully engaged in this transition, it provides the possibility that the U.S. continues to lead on refrigerant technologies. Consumers will notice that newly developed refrigerant technologies will both increase the future energy efficiency of HVAC equipment while also improving human health. An HFC phasedown would allow for the orderly transition of HVAC equipment to be designed and manufactured with the next phase of technological refrigerant advancement certain.

Kivlan continued, “A recent report (America’s Pledge), developed by individual U.S. states and businesses, points out that HFC’s are a rapidly growing component of U.S. and global greenhouse gas emissions considerations. The cities and states of the United States are not alone in this desire. Canada has also recently published concrete HFC phasedown proposals in the Canadian Gazette, paving the way for HFC reductions in that country. Dynatemp clearly sees a shift and desire to phase down HFC refrigerants and their subsequent emissions through these actions. If a ratification on the Kigali Amendment (to the Montreal Protocol) is not forthcoming, the AIM Act will timely ensure the legal clarity necessary for the EPA to phasedown HFC’s. Without federal and congressional leadership, others (states, cities, countries) will fill the void by creating an uneven and complex regulatory environment for refrigerants.”

 

The US Court Rejects Petition to Continue HFC Bans

In an article written by the, Cooling Post:

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an appeal  brought by refrigerant manufacturers Chemours and Honeywell, in addition to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), on the courts decision to overturn a ban on the usage of HFC refrigerants.

In 2015, the EPA ruled to ban high GWP refrigerants including R404A, R134a, R407C and R410A from use in certain new products as early as January 1, 2021.

Refrigerant manufacturers Mexichem and Arkema appealed the 2015 ruling, claiming that the EPA could not use a section of the Clean Air Act to target HFCs. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed, and in August last year decided 2-1 in favor of the appeal, discontinuing the ban on HFC’s.

While this court decision slows efforts to phaseout HFC’s, states like California are creating their own phase-down schedules and other states are likely to follow. There is also uncertainty on whether the Trump administration will ratify the Kigali Amendment, which met it’s 20-country threshold for ratification in November of 2017.

Read full article, here.