Environment

Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will host three public workshops to present the state’s proposed HFC plan and request further public comments.

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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.

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The U.S. Senate, California, Delaware and Massachusetts are working separately to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFC). Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act with backing from 14 other senators and input from the manufacturing industry and environmental groups. The proposed legislation outlines a 15-year phase down of […]

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The EPA issued a notice of new acceptable refrigerants in late October. These include R-1224yd(Z) for use in in centrifugal and positive displacement chillers, and new and retrofitted industrial process refrigeration, and R-407H for use in multiple refrigeration and air conditioning end-uses. Final details will be available when the Federal Register notice is published.  

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Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) are the fastest growing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission in Delaware. As directed by Governor John Carney and supported by House Concurrent Resolution 60, the state has set a target to reduce GHG emissions by 26- to 28-percent by 2025 (from 2005 levels). To do so, Delaware intends to phase out HFCs by 2025. On Sept. […]

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will jointly conduct a workshop with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to present the State’s climate and energy strategies, including CARB’s Climate Change Scoping Plan and an overview of CPUC and CEC clean energy programs. The workshop is Tuesday, Oct. 29 at […]

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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 […]

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At the same time numerous states are looking to regulate HFCs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft regulation rescinding Obama-era rules to scale back hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) restrictions is in final review by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB review is the final step in the regulatory process before EPA can […]

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The Air-conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is continuing its work with Environmental and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to secure an essential-purpose permit to allow automatic commercial ice maker manufacturers to continue importing products with R-134A and R-404A after the refrigerants are phased out in Canada Dec. 31. Manufacturers who are not AHRI members need […]

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