As seen in the, Cooling Post.
A bipartisan group of senators led by Republican, John Kennedy, and Democrat, Tom Carper, introduced a new bill called the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, or Aim Act. The Aim Act paves the way for the Kigali Amendment giving the EPA the authority it needs to reduce HFC’s.
This bill would ensure a phase down of HFC’s and provide a pathway for future technologies and the next generation of refrigerants.
“On the surface, this bill seems more complicated than high school chemistry, but really it’s pretty simple. It’s about jobs. And it’s about protecting the investment by Louisiana companies in new technologies and protecting Louisiana jobs,” said Senator Kennedy. “This bill gives a $206bn US industry the clarity it needs to invest, transition and protect American jobs. It’s not often that Democrats, Republicans, industry and environmental groups come together to agree on anything, but we are all in agreement on this one.”
Previously, the Trump Administration stated they would need evidence that the Kigali Amendment had a positive impact on US jobs before they would consider ratifying it. The AIM Act hopes to answer those questions by supporting US manufacturing of the next generation refrigerants, protecting the environment, and also amending the Montreal Protocol.
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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.
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.
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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.”