In an article written by Elise Herron, on Ammonia21.com
California agency seeks input for adopting EPA SNAP’s HFC delisting rules and SLCP strategy’s HFC phase-down plans.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) held a public workshop Tuesday, October 24 as the first step towards adopting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) rules on HFC delistings. The workshop also addressed next steps on regulating high-GWP HFCs through CARB’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Strategy.
CARB’s proposed plan is to adopt all provisions from the EPA SNAP rules 20 and 21 – which delist high-GWP HFCs – by reference for stationary refrigeration and air conditioning. That would include:
- Supermarket systems (new and retrofit)
- Remote condensing units (new and retrofit)
- Stand-alone (self-contained) refrigeration
- Refrigerated vending machines
- Retail food (refrigerated food processing and dispensing equipment)
- Cold storage
This is another example of California’s leadership in the move towards natural refrigerants, and this will be warmly welcomed by the industry.” – Derek Hamilton, vice president of business development for Portland, Ore.-based shecco America.
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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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In a recent post on CoolingPost.com:
FRANCE: Twenty ac and refrigeration manufacturers, contractors, and end user associations have announced opposition to the French government’s plan to introduce a tax on HFC refrigerants.
In July, the French environment minister Nicolas Hulot announced a proposed tax on HFCs as part of its Climate Plan. In an industry reeling from huge increases on high GWP refrigerants this year, the new tax, which is expected to be included in the budget for 2018, could add well over €100/kg on a refrigerant like R404A.
The 20 associations listed in the opposition document cover food processors; air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump manufacturers, distributors and installers; refrigerant distributors; refrigerated transport and warehouses, small traders and catering companies.
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