Our industry has an opportunity in the next couple of years to accomplish some regulatory and legislative goals that we have been striving to achieve for quite some time. The new Trump Administration and a new Congress provide AHRI with a renewed chance to advocate on behalf of the vibrant HVACR industry—in some cases, to more sympathetic ears.
I know it must seem to appliance DESIGN readers that all I ever talk about in this column is refrigerants. And for the past couple of years, it is pretty much the truth. But the fact is, refrigerants are the most prominent, vital global issue faced by our industry and there is always plenty to say about it.
More than 160 leading refrigerant researchers and manufacturers came together on January 21, 2016, to review the results of the second phase of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI) Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has long supported a phasedown plan for hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants in the Montreal Protocol (MP), and applauded the news on November 5 that the parties will work toward an amendment in 2016 to include them in the treaty’s purview and working toward a schedule to phase down their use across the globe.
After nearly two years of internal discussion and input and approval from the Office of Management and Budget, DOE did promulgate a rule, including the consensus agreement levels as written into the language of the rule.