Well the final ruling is out… In essence, this ruling creates a phaseout schedule for HFC’s and HCFC & HFC Blends for use in automotive air conditioning, retail food refrigeration, supermarket systems and vending machines. It is helpful to distributors and service technicians to be aware of the longevity of the refrigerants that they currently use or are considering.
This ruling has no effect on the residential or commercial air conditioning market.
Summary from the PDF document on the Final Rule;
- Changes the status of certain HFCs now that safer alternatives are available
Which industrial sectors are included?
- Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
- Foam Blowing
Who is affected?
Chemical producers and some manufacturers of equipment and products using aerosol propellants, refrigerants, and foam blowing agents
- Starting in January 2016; see table for dates for all affected end-uses