Expect increased regulations nationwide

“The effort to remove human-created carbon emissions is focused on transitioning to zero-carbon electricity, or ‘clean energy,’” said Young. “Nine states have passed clean-energy standards and another 14 are considering legislation. Operators and manufacturers should be thinking about how this will influence their operations. That’s why we’re testing the most efficient gas equipment while also helping to demystify new electric cooking technologies like induction range tops.”

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 in compliance with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. A list of known HFC phase-down activities by state is available on NAFEM’s website. Our thanks to Stephen Schaefer, group leader, Hoshizaki America, for this resource.

One of these states is New York, where the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) is holding three public hearings in March to discuss its draft regulation to adopt U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) prohibitions on the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). NYDEC will accept written comments March 16.