R-404A is being used by OEMs in new equipment and also on retrofitted equipment. However, because of its high global-warming potential (GWP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, has listed R-404A as an “unacceptable” refrigerant in a number of retail food refrigeration categories and in vending machines end-uses.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not given any indication that it will target R-410A in residential applications, and under the Trump administration, the agency may perhaps be less aggressive than it was under the Obama administration and, therefore, less likely to push for additional refrigerant phasedowns.
Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), recently discussed the Kigali Agreement and some of the effects it may have on the HVACR industry with The NEWS.
The Kigali amendment is subject to ratification in the U.S. and will formally take effect when 20 member parties to the Montreal Protocol ratify or accept the amendment, which could take up to two years.
Starting in 2024, the three HFC refrigerants will be deemed “unacceptable” in new liquid chillers under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.
The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol, meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, have struck a global agreement which will see HFC refrigerant consumption and production phased down from 2019. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the deal 'a monumental step forward.'
Association said it has long supported including HFCs in a global phasedown plan
October 17, 2016
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced that it applauds the agreement reached in Kigali, Rwanda, by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol to include HFC refrigerants under the treaty.
Countries across the world have taken what has been described as “critical steps” toward their goal to agree on a global phasedown of HFCs. The parties to the Montreal Protocol meeting in Vienna have reached agreement on solutions to all the identified challenges, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported.