These proposed regulations should be approved in December 2020. If not, they are a laundry list of what is coming.
1. Refrigerants with a GWP greater than or equal to 150 will not be allowed in new, stationary refrigeration systems charged with more than 50 pounds. Compliance Date 1/1/2022
2. Refrigerants with a GWP greater than or equal to 750 will not be allowed in chillers (including process chillers) greater than -15 °F and ice rinks. Compliance Date 1/1/2024
3. Refrigerants with a GWP greater than or equal to 2,200 will not be allowed in new chillers ranging from -15°F through -58°F. Compliance Date 1/1/2024
EPA & SNAP
1. Phase-out of class II ozone-depleting substances. Ban on remaining production and import of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b.
While the US phased out CFCs and halons in the mid 90s, HCFC-22 (also called R-22) and HCFC-142b are the next two HCFCs on the chopping block.
• After 2020, the servicing of systems with R-22 will rely on recycled or stockpiled quantities.
• As of January 1, 2030, the ban on remaining production and import of all HCFCs will be complete.
2. Clean Air Act Revised Section 608 Refrigerant Management Regulation. This rule modifies refrigerant management regulations for substitute refrigerants, such as HFCs.
Department of Energy
1. 20% to 40% energy reduction for WICFs with medium-temp condensing and self-contained systems. Penalties can be levied against manufacturers and suppliers who don’t meet the minimum requirements. Compliance Date 1/1/20
2. 20% to 40% energy reduction for WICFs with low-temp condensing systems, low-temp, self-contained units and medium- & low-temp unit coolers. Compliance Date 7/10/20
U.S. Climate Alliance
The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Alliance is led by state governments and is focused on state-to-state cooperation to accelerate the deployment of climate solutions needed to help each achieve their climate goals.
1. Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels. Compliance Date 1/01/25
2. Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement.
3. Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.
Natural Resources Canada
1. Energy efficiency improvements for commercial refrigerator-freezers and commercial freezers. Manufactured on or after 3/27/2017
2. Energy efficiency improvements for chillers. Manufactured on or after December 31, 2019.
3. Energy efficiency improvements for walk-in cooler and freezer, an enclosed storage space that has an area of less than 278.71 m2 (3,000 square feet).
Energy efficiency improvements for dedicated condensing refrigeration system.
Manufactured on or after June 5, 2017 for walk-in door assemblies and walk-in panels.
Manufactured on or after January 1, 2020 for walk-in cooler dedicated condensing refrigeration systems.
Manufactured on or after July 10, 2020 for walk-in freezer dedicated condensing refrigeration systems and walk-in cooler or walk-in freezer unit coolers.