CA proceeding with plans to ban HFCs

Prohibitions on the use of certain refrigerants by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce to greenhouse gas emissions go into effect over the next 18 months. Specifically, CARB will enforce the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) Rule that was vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals. In California, Rule 20 will take effect on January 1, 2019 and Rule 21 on January 1, 2020. Both rules contain prohibitions on HFCs that apply to the date of manufacturer, rather than the date of sale. There is no limit on the sell-through period. CARB will provide more information on its website.