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. 

Press Release: Dynatemp Urges U.S. Government to Support Kigali Amendment

Dynatemp International, Inc. Supports the Kigali Amendment

 Mechanicsburg, PA – January 8, 2018 – Dynatemp International, Inc., a privately held supplier of refrigerants and refrigerant recovery services announced today that it wholly supports the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Dynatemp urges the U.S. to support its ratification along with the 20 other countries who have already endorsed the amendment.

In 1987, 197 countries created The Montreal Protocol, a global agreement that phased down ozone depleting substances.  In October of 2016, the Kigali Amendment was added to include a phase down schedule of HFC’s (hydrofluorocarbons) worldwide by 85% by 2047. The Amendment met it’s 20 country threshold for ratification in November of 2017 with a diverse group of signatories including North Korea, Mali, Germany, and Sweden.

“The world has made a bold statement in supporting the Kigali Amendment, “says Brad Kivlan, CEO of Dynatemp.  “The federal government of the United States should demonstrate its leadership with quick and full support. The fact remains that without a Kigali Amendment, there will be little reason for the entire industry to shift towards adopting a timely HFC phasedown in individual states or cities, particularly if left up to those states to develop their own rules as we have begun seeing in California.”

In the absence of the Kigali Amendment, California’s Air and Resources Board (CARB), created its own phase down of HFC refrigerants implementing a 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan. This plan sets California’s environmental regulations apart from the rest of the country.

Kivlan continued, “Dynatemp International has a long history of offering environmentally friendly products for the HVAC/R industry. With the creation of our Dynacycle Reclamation Program we restore gas to its purest form, reducing carbon footprints and greenhouse gas emissions, the leading cause of ozone depletion.”

Refrigerant Market Update for 2017 and Forecast for 2018

As we end 2017 and look ahead to 2018, there are several questions regarding the refrigerant market that will weigh heavily on the mind of the refrigerant industry. From reduced R22 allocations, to the complicated political landscape, every aspect of our business is affected in different ways, and to varying degrees, by the many outside forces at work. This will serve as a general overview of the market as it stands, as well as lay out several factors that will affect refrigerant in 2018.

First and foremost, the HCFC phase out continues, with 2018 seeing further reduction of the available virgin material to just 8.8M lbs. This puts the US at just over 1/3 of the available gas from just three years ago, 2015, and less than 20% of 2014’s available pounds. While we have seen new equipment shift almost exclusively to R410A, the service demand for R22 remains strong, and we expect that trend to continue. While the market price of R22 fell over the last 10 months, continued reductions and high demand should stabilize and push the price higher in 2018.

HCFC R22 alternatives saw unprecedented growth in 2017, driven in part by the higher price of R22, but also due to the cost savings and ease of transition presented by some replacements. For equipment that is unlikely to be replaced in 2018, we expect demand growth for R22 replacements to match or exceed 2017. If you or your customers have not yet chosen an R22 replacement to offer for sale, it is highly recommended that you incorporate it into your plans moving forward. While the market size of R22 remains much larger for now, the shift is undeniable, and we will see the replacement market grow as equipment ages and R22 becomes difficult to buy and utilize.

The biggest question in Q1 of 2018 is going to be the 400-series market. Due to increased environmental guidelines in China (by far the largest source of refrigerant and components), governmental and political jockeying, and growing global demand for HFC’s, we could see significant disruption in 2018. Already, reports of shortages and price increases have been dominating the news as the US and its global allies forge a plan for the implementation of international agreements and regulations.

Since signaling that the US would withdraw from the Paris Accord, and the uncertain status of our position on the Kigali Amendment, several countries and entities (notably China and California) have forged ahead with aggressive plans to meet or exceed the greenhouse gas reductions laid out in the amendment. After the threshold of 20 nations required for ratification of Kigali was reached in November of this year, the planned rollout on 1/1/2019 will proceed as planned. Whether the United States will be a full participant, and will hold to the regulations laid out therein remains to be seen. Regardless of our participation, the rest of the world is moving forward with aggressive goals and legislation designed to slow or reverse the effects of manmade climate change.

Long-term, this carries immense trade risks for the United States, but those are unlikely to be realized for several years. In the interim, we will likely see the effects of the agreement in more subtle ways. China has seen to it to take the lead in environmental regulations, shuttering factories and mines that do not meet stringent quality and safety standards now in place. This has the effect of squeezing the supply of both raw materials and finished goods for the rest of the world, and has led to sustained increases in prices and lessened availability significantly. We expect this trend to continue through Q1. In addition to reductions in supply, (Chinese) domestic demand is also increasing exponentially. This means an ever-growing proportion of Chinese-manufactured refrigerant is going to serve the Chinese market, thus lowering the amount available for export to other countries, such as the US. While we have seen many companies pivot to importing component materials to the US and packaging domestically, we expect the bottleneck of supply to remain tight for some time.

There is no crystal ball to predict the future of the refrigerant market, either in the short- or long-term. With so many factors affecting the domestic availability and pricing, it is becoming a more complex problem with every passing day. The best recommendation for 2018 and beyond is to know your refrigerant partners, and listen to advice and suggestions from sources you trust. While no one can tell you what to do with certainty, maintaining a running dialog will help alleviate some of the potential pitfalls of making the “wrong” decision.

In a world in which changing political landscapes, both here and abroad, can have an impact on our business, and with so much uncertainty in the market, it is vitally important to stay abreast of the news and trends in the industry. We will work together with our Sales Representatives to ensure that you receive up-to-date news to help inform your decisions moving forward. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to serving you in 2018!

Sincerely,

Will Gresham

Vice President

Dynatemp International, Inc.

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