President Xi’s Speech Had 89 Mentions of the ‘Environment,’ Just 70 of the ‘Economy’

China, Xi, Refrigerant As seen in Bloomberg Politic’s, when China’s President Xi recently laid out his vision statement to the 19th Congress, he mentioned the word ‘environment’ 89 times compared to the word ‘economy’ only 70 times.

“Bloomberg Intelligence crunched the rhetoric in the Chinese-language version of the president’s speech to the 19th Communist Party congress. The results are emblematic of China’s bid to pivot away from the smokestack industries that delivered it double-digit growth as public dissatisfaction over pollution and food scandals mounts.”

This has also been driving the recent refrigerant production shutdowns in China as production facilities are required to meet new environmental standards.

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CARB to Consider Adopting SNAP’s HFC Bans

In a recent post on R744.com they state:

In reaction to appeals court ruling, a public workshop on Oct. 24 will look at continuing EPA’s HFC delistings for stationary refrigeration and air conditioning end uses in California.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a public workshop on October 24 to discuss beginning a rulemaking process to adopt into state regulations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rule prohibitions of HFCs in stationary refrigeration and air conditioning end uses.

The workshop will also further evaluate the proposed HFC mitigation strategies identified in CARB’s adopted Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy for potential future rulemakings.

The rulemaking to adopt the SNAP program’s bans on HFCs is in response to a U.S. Court of Appeals 2-1 panel ruling on August 8 that the EPA cannot require companies to replace HFCs designated for HVAC&R equipment with low-GWP substances under the SNAP program.

“Although CARB is actively defending these [SNAP rules] in court, and believes that the federal program is the preferred path to achieve these reductions, it must consider state law alternatives as well in order to reach state [HFC] reduction targets,” said CARB

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States Support Appeal of Mexichem Decision

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States Support Appeal of Mexichem Decision. 11 states have submitted an amicus brief to the D.C. Circuit supporting the EPA and requesting a rehearing, arguing that the court’s interpretation of the rule and regulatory scheme will harm their ability to reach their GHG emission reduction goals and will expose residents to greater harm from climate change.

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AHRI Calls for EPA Appeal of DC Circuit SNAP Decision

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The AHRI Government Affairs and Executive Committees voted last week to express the industry’s preference that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appeal the recent decision of the three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that found that the EPA lacks authority to regulate HFC refrigerants under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act. The deadline for appeal is September 22. Should the EPA decide not to appeal, it is likely that one of the other parties to the lawsuit will choose to do so. AHRI has been in conversations with both the EPA and the White House in the wake of this decision to provide information on the industry’s position and to discuss what other implementation tactics might be available in the event this ruling stands.

In its decision, the court found that although EPA has the authority under Section 612 to address substitutes that are ozone-depleting substances (ODS), it does not have the authority under that section to restrict the use of previously acceptable substitutes that are not ozone-depleting. The August 8 decision has called into question whether any acceptable non-ODS substitute can be restricted under the agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program once the EPA deems it an acceptable alternative for an ODS substance, regardless of any potential risks.

AHRI’s interest in an appeal stems from the association’s strong support for the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which sets forth a global orderly phase down of HFC refrigerants. In the event the U.S. ratifies the treaty, the court ruling could complicate its implementation in this country. The prospect of additional HFC regulation by state governments also factored into AHRI’s interest in an appeal. Contact: Allison Edwards.