States commit to phase out HFCs

Just prior to the United States Climate Action Summit held September 12-14, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) to develop regulations to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the state by 2030. NYDEC will seek input on the proposal prior to proceeding with a formal rulemaking, with preliminary plans to finalize a rule in 2019.

A day later, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDDOE) announced they also will develop regulations to phase out the use of certain HFCs in foam products and refrigeration.

NAFEM continues to watch initiatives from these states and investigate ways to work toward harmonizing deadlines to make the process most efficient for members.