Recently Republican senator John Kennedy and Democrat senator Tom Carper, along with a group of fourteen bipartisan senators, filed the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2019 (AIM Act). A bill that would provide a federally structured phasedown of HFC refrigerants over the next 15 years. In addition to the group of bipartisan lawmakers, the AIM Act of 2019 has widespread industry support. Our CEO, Brad Kivlan, was among 31 leaders in the HVAC industry, as well as AHRI and The Alliance for Atmospheric Policy, to sign a letter urging Congress to pass the legislation. The environmental community is also in support. The AIM Act of 2019 is something that everyone can agree puts the American HVAC industry first in a highly competitive global market.
Why does the AIM Act of 2019 have so much support?
- It provides clarity to US businesses with a gradual and market-friendly phasedown of HFCs
- The HVAC industry has been preparing for an HFC phasedown for over a decade and has invested billions of dollars into the next generation of refrigerants.
- It gives the EPA the authority it needs to mandate a phasedown of twenty substances known as HFCs but provides no extended authority to the EPA to regulate anything else
- According to a study by the Interindustry Forecasting Group at the University of Maryland, the phasing down of HFCs over the next 15 years will create 33,000 new U.S. manufacturing jobs, add $12.5 billion per year to the U.S. economy, and increase exports of refrigerants and related equipment by 25 %.
- The bill was prepared with tremendous input from experts at the EPA, in the environmental community, and the HVAC industry
- The phasedown structure is aligned with the Kigali Amendment, which will keep the US competitive with the rest of the world
- The phasedown works through an allowance allocation and trading program
Although there is a great deal of support across the board for this bill, there is still a question about whether the Trump administration will support it due to its history of deregulation.
If you would like to urge your senator to vote “yes” on the AIM Act of 2019, HARDI has created a user-friendly website where you can fill in your address and populate a letter of support that will be emailed to your state’s senators. Try it here.
We will keep you updated as news of the AIM Act of 2019 becomes available. Continue to check our Twitter account for details.
Under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to evaluate significant new alternatives substitutes (SNAP) for ozone-depleting substances in the air conditioning and refrigeration sector. These newly approved substances meet the EPA’s criteria to reduce the risk to overall human health and the environment as compared to other substances currently available in the market. The most newly approved SNAP substances and their end-uses are defined in the EPA SNAP 35 Fact Sheet.
Dynatemp Refrigerants Company proudly supplies R-453A (RS-44b), which is now approved for refrigerated truck and trailer transport (new and retrofitted).
R-453 (RS-44b) is the lowest GWP HFC on the market at 1765 TAR and is ZERO ozone-depleting. It also has similar energy efficiency, cooling capacity, discharge pressure, and flow-rate as R22. It could be a great option to meet future regulations that limit the GWP level of HFC refrigerants. For more info on this refrigerant click here.
Beginning January 2020 per Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI) Guideline N, Assignment of Refrigerant Container Colors, all refrigerant cylinders should be painted a gray-green color, specifically RAL 7044. This is a change from previous guidelines set by AHRI that stipulated specific cylinder colors for specific refrigerants. However, as more refrigerants have been created, an increased number of cylinder colors have caused confusion and created safety issues in the field. Charging a system with the wrong refrigerant can cause damage to the equipment and to the user.
What will remain the same, is that AHRI mandates specific PMS colors for each refrigerant to be used on the outer packaging, like labels and cartons. You can find that list of colors here. Thus, the carton and cylinder markings should remain the source of identification of the contents inside.
For more information on these guidelines from AHRI, click here.
As the hot summer months and the busy cooling season come to a close, it’s important that all this season’s recovered refrigerant is recycled and cleaned up to AHRI-700 purity standards so it can be resold back onto the market. Properly reclaimed refrigerant is exactly the same as virgin refrigerant in purity and specification. Reclaimed refrigerant is also vital in order to continue the lifetime of equipment that uses refrigerants that are no longer manufactured. In addition, beginning January 1, 2020 the import and production of virgin R22 will no longer be legal, however, reclaimed R22 will remain legal for years to come. All of these reasons exemplify why it’s important to join a trustworthy reclamation program and get paid for all your recovered gas!
If you haven’t already looked into DynaCycle, our reclamation program, check out all the details here.
We also have an EXCITING offer for new DynaCycle members! When you join DynaCycle, between now and 12/31/19, you will receive a 5% rebate on an order R22 alternatives! See the full details and restrictions below.