California, other states continue effort to reduce HFCs

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) continues its efforts to reduce high-global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from stationary refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. At a Jan. 30 public workshop in Sacramento, CARB will present its draft regulation and proposed guidelines for an incentive program required by Senate Bill1013.  Here is a link to the webcast. Advance registration is not required. Questions will be accepted during the broadcast.

The U.S. Senate introduced the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act that outlines a plan to phase down the use of HFCs over a course of 15 years. It complies with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol that requires the phaseout of HFCs. Delaware and Massachusetts also are actively working toward HFC reduction regulations. NAFEM is closely monitoring these activities and offering comments as appropriate.

A list of known HFC phase-down activities by state is available here. Our thanks to Stephen Schaefer, group leader, Hoshizaki America, for this resource.