October 22, 2019
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is holding a workshop in late November to discuss its proposed reduction in the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) limit for stationary refrigeration equipment. CARB proposes a global warming potential (GWP) limit of 150 on new stationary refrigeration systems containing more than 50 pounds of refrigerant starting Jan. 1, 2022.
HFCs currently represent 4 percent of California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which must be halved by 2030, per Senate Bill 1383. According to CARB, stationary refrigeration equipment is responsible for about one quarter of the state’s HFC emissions. Following the November workshop, the agency will conduct a comment period in the spring of 2020, before a May 2020 Board hearing where its recommendation will either be accepted or modified. NAFEM will share the workshop details when they become available.