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Environment

Focused on environmental protection and economic development.

NAFEM has a long history of supporting the prevention of climate change and the reduction of energy consumption. Nearly 20 years ago, members actively worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help start the ENERGY STAR program for commercial foodservice equipment. That active involvement continues today and includes other environmentally-focused activities such as the development of life-cycle and sustainability footprint calculators and helping our members – and the industry at-large – understand global environmental regulations, standards and codes. We do these things because our customers demand them; they’re good for business, good for the environment and they’re the right thing to do.

Environmental Issues

Given the newness of the Jan. 1 California Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) bans, NAFEM members have many unanswered questions about compliance with the act that reinstated the previously vacated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SNAP Rules 20 and 21. To help answer these questions, NAFEM coordinated two conference calls with California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff on Jan. 31 and Feb. 20.

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CARB climate regulations inform the federal agenda With the fifth largest economy in the world, California has many opportunities and challenges. For example, the state achieved its landmark 2020 climate goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) below 1990 levels four years early. But California is also home to eight of the 10 most polluted […]

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On Jan. 1,  the California Cooling Act (CCA), Senate Bill 1013, became law. CCA reinstated the previously vacated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Significant New Alternatives Policy (EPA SNAP) Rules 20 and 21 requiring hydrofluorocarbon(HFCs) reductions.

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CARB, the California Air Resources Board, has issued a draft of its Air Protection Blueprint identifying impacted communities and strategies to reduce emissions of air pollutants.

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Attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s decision to vacate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) rule.

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NAFEM continues to monitor for new information on California’s planned HFC prohibitions and NOx emission reductions.

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If you’re a NAFEM member, log in to your account and visit the “Important links and documents” tab of your member portal. There you’ll find information on providing input on recent issues, as well as a member advocacy toolkit. Contact Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, vice president, regulatory & technical affairs, +1.312.821.0212 at csouhrada@nafem.org for outside inquiries related to advocacy efforts or use the Contact us form linked below.

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