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Jan. 21, 2014: AHRI Launches Second Phase of Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program

Organization Seeks Refrigerant Research Participants
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The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced that it will launch a second phase of the Low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (AREP).


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The ‘R’ is for Refrigerants, Refrigeration

RSES Conference gets Service Techs up to Speed
By Peter Powell
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The ‘R’ in Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) got its due at the 76th RSES Annual Conference and HVACR Technology Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa. Topics ranged from the latest trends in refrigerants to the servicing of equipment, from basic components to complex systems using such refrigerants.


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EPA Proposes Final R-22 Phaseout Timeline

Target of 2020 Could Get Moved Up to 2018
By Peter Powell
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The proposal picks up on a previous timeline in production that allowed 62.8 million pounds of new R-22 in 2013 and 51 million pounds in 2014.


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Government Considering Sanctions Against Chinese Refrigerants

U.S. ITC Votes to Move Forward on Illegal HFC-134a Imports
By Peter Powell
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The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 6-0 on Dec. 13 to move forward against China regarding possible illegal hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a coming into the U.S.


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2013 NEWSmakers Confront Challenges

Nominees Make Headlines by Battling Congress, Counterfeits, Assailants, More
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Each honoree has overcome a number of obstacles — big and small — to achieve great things on behalf of the HVAC industry.


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Sassano Fights to Nullify Illegal Refrigerants

DuPont Manager Involved in Dual Effort to Counteract Counterfeits
By Peter Powell
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Sassano’s leadership and dedication toward curbing illegal imports and counterfeit gases makes her one of The NEWS’ 2013 NEWSmakers.


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Dec. 18, 2013: European Union Agrees on HFC Refrigerant Cap and Phase Down

European HVACR Association Supports the New Rules
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The European Union (EU) has reached an agreement on new rules for fluorinated gases (F-gases). The rules will introduce a cap on HFC refrigerant consumption to achieve a 79 percent reduction by 2030.


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Consequences of Counterfeit Refrigerants

Contractors Continue to Play Important Role in Curbing Illegal Refrigerants
By Peter Powell
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Counterfeit and illegally imported refrigerants have existed under the surface of the HVACR industry for years. With hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 increasing in price due to a government phase down, more and more fly-by-nighters are working to get their hands on the product any way they can.


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How to Cope with Refrigerant Contamination

White Paper Addresses Concerns
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One issue concerning counterfeit refrigerants is the possibility of contamination in such systems. A major report on this has been published by the AHRI under the title: “Reports of R-134a Contaminated with R-40 and Other Refrigerants.”


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EPA Backs Obama Climate Action Plan

Videos Focus on Environmental Issues
By Peter Powell
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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan announced during the summer included a specific reference to global warming potential (GWP) issues related to a number of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants commonly used by contractors in the HVACR industry.


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