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HFC Regulations & Phase Down Legislation

A Brief Dive into the Web of HFC Regulations & Phasedown Legislation in the HVACR Industry

July, 1st, 2019


Last month, members of the Heating Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) descended on Washington, D.C. to express their opinions and interests on HFC regulations and the ever-present concern of HFC phase-down.


Leading HVAC distributors and members of HARDI distributed a handout to elected officials and staffers at the meeting that summarized the matter of HFC regulations in a single sentence:


"The HVACR industry needs Congress to pass HFC phase-down authorizing legislation in order for the industry to move on to new refrigerants."


Alex Ayers, director of government affairs at HARDI, said that time and time again, businesses are asking government for regulation.


Herein lies the problem. Consensus seems to be that the most sensible approach to HFC phase-down would be one on the national level directed by the President and Congress. This scenario is not happening. Instead, each state is left to create its own laws and requirements regarding refrigerants and equipment, with many states choosing to do nothing at all, while many others, such as those with governors in the US Climate Alliance are formalizing policy through legislation. This has begun to create avoidable complexity for those in the HVACR industry.


At the present, over 20 governors are progressing on their own legislation and/or have joined the U.S. Climate Alliance. In what seems to be a patchwork approach, a little stitching is pulling a few of the pieces together.


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