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New Year Marks Start of HFC Phasedown In U.S.

Happy New Year! And welcome to the first stage of the HFC phasedown as mandated by the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act. As of January 1, 2022, the production of HFC refrigerants, such as R-410A and R-404A, has been reduced by 10%…

Navigating and staying compliant with all of the new retail and commercial refrigeration regulations can seem daunting…

Many of the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants used in commercial refrigeration produce environmentally harmful carbon emissions. As the industry looks for alternative refrigerants with lower global warming potential (GWP) and ozone depletion potential (ODP), questions arise concerning regulatory changes, refrigerant performance and safety. Don’t worry, Hillphoenix offers refrigeration expertise and solutions that satisfy the regulatory needs of today and tomorrow.

The information below offers an overview of important regulations, effective dates, and agencies involved. Links are also provided for additional information on specific regulations. If you have questions, email us at info@hillphoenix.com or call us at 770-285-3264.

What Has Happened?

  • 1/2020DOE AWEF Increased walk in cooler and freezer energy efficiency. Read >

  • 1/2020 – EPA Restrictions on production / import of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b. Read >

  • 1/2020 – NRCan Walk-in cooler energy reduction. Read >

  • 2/2020 – EPA Revised Section 608. Read >

  • 7/2020DOE AWEF Additional walk cooler and freezer efficiency requirements. Read >

  • 7/2020NRCan Walk-in freezer energy reduction. Read >

  • 2/2021EPA Refrigerant de-listings for new cold-storage warehouse systems. Read >

  • 1/2022 – CARB High GWP refrigerants no longer allowed in new refrigeration systems Read >

What's Next?

  • 1/2024 – CARB Chiller GWP restrictions Read >

  • 1/2025 – Climate Alliance Reduce greenhouse gas emmisions Read >

Regulatory Timelines for Food Retail & Industrial Refrigeration​

2020

1/2020

DOE AWEF

WICF efficiency increases.  Read>

1/2020

NRCan

Walk-in cooler energy efficiency. Read>

7/2020

DOE AWEF

WICF efficiency increases. Read>

7/2020

NRCan

Walk-in freezer energy efficiency.  Read>

1/2020

EPA

HCFC production / importation restrictions. Read>

2/2020

EPA

Revised Section 608. Read>

2021

1/2021

EPA

Cold storage warehouse refrigerant restrictions. Read>

2022

1/2022

CARB

Stationary refrigeration systems GWP restrictions. Read>

2024

1/2024

CARB

Chiller GWP restrictions. Read>

2025

1/2025

Climate Alliance

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read>

2026

1/2026

CARB

Charge and GWP restrictions. Read>

2030

1/2030

CARB

Charge and GWP restrictions. Read>

1/2030

EPA

HCFC production and importation restrictions. Read>

Regulatory Timelines for Food Retail & Industrial Refrigeration

DOE WICF energy reduction med-temp condensing & self-contained units. Read >

1/2020

DOE WICF energy reduction low-temp condensing units, self-contained &  med. & low-temp. unit coolers. Read >

7/2020

CARB Refrigerants with a GWP >= 2,200 will not be allowed in new chillers. Read >

1/2024

CARB Facilities with systems charged with more than 50 pounds must collectively meet a 1,400 GWP. Read >

1/2030

|——————– 2020 ——————–|——————– 2021 ——————–|——————– 2022 ——————–|——————– 2024 ——————–|——————– 2030 ——————–|

1/2020

EPA Ban on remaining production / import of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b. Read >

2/2020

EPA Revised Section 608. Read >

1/2021

EPA Specific refrigerants banned in new cold storage warehouses. Read >

1/2022

CARB Refrigerants with a GWP >= 150 not be allowed in new stationary refrigeration systems. Read >

1/2024

CARB Refrigerants with a GWP >= 750 will not be allowed in chillers. Read >

1/2030

EPA Ban on remaining production and import of all HCFCs. Read >

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Regulatory Agencies

California Air Resources Board Logo
The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is an organization entrusted with educating and safeguarding communities from the harmful effects of air pollution and develops programs that combat climate change. Read more about CARB compliance.
EPA SNAP

The EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) was instituted under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act to identify and evaluate alternatives for ozone-depleting substances. Click here for more information concerning the EPA SNAP regulations.

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has put rules and regulations in place impacting the commercial refrigeration industry. Click here to read more.

Natural Resrouces Canada

The Natural Resources of Canada organization is committed to improving the quality of life of Canadians by ensuring the country’s abundant natural resources are developed sustainably, competitively and inclusively. Click here to read more.

Climage Alliance

The U.S. Climate Alliance, which was established in 2017, is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to read more.

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2022 Scoping Plan Update – Initial Air Quality & Health Impacts and Economic Analyses Results Workshop

April 11, 2022
The 2022 Scoping Plan Update will assess progress towards achieving the Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) 2030 target and lay out a path to achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2045. Achieving carbon neutrality will require the State to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the energy and industrial sectors (AB 32 sources), as well as consider emissions and sinks from natural and working lands (NWL). AB 32 specifies that the Scoping Plan

New Year Marks Start of HFC Phasedown In U.S.

January 2, 2022
R-410A could be phased out in new equipment as soon as 2025. welcome to the first stage of the HFC phasedown as mandated by the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act. As of January 1, 2022, the production of HFC refrigerants, such as R-410A and R-404A, has been reduced by 10%…

Maine, Virginia, and Rhode Island have recently joined other states in adopting the EPA’s SNAP rule.

October 1, 2021
Maine, Virginia, and Rhode Island have recently joined other states in adopting the EPA’s SNAP rule, prohibiting the use of certain refrigerants like R-404A.  The states impacted and implementation dates are …

Phasedown of HFCs: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program under the AIM Act

September 27, 2021
On September 23, 2021, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan signed a Final Rule titled, “Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act.” This final rule is the first regulation under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 to address the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and
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Public Workshop: 2022 Scoping Plan Update – Engineered Carbon Removal Technical Workshop

July 16, 2021
Public Workshop: 2022 Scoping Plan Update – Engineered Carbon Removal Technical Workshop. The 2022 Scoping Plan Update will assess progress towards achieving the Senate Bill 32 2030 target and lay out a path to achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2045. Achieving carbon neutrality will require the State to consider engineered carbon removal both at the source of emissions as well as directly from the atmosphere.

The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act

July 15, 2021
On December 27, 2020, the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 was enacted as section 103 in Division S, Innovation for the Environment, of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133 (116th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief]).

Protecting our Climate by Reducing Use of Hydrofluorocarbons – FAQs

June 15, 2021
Proposed Rule – Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Additional Resources

CARB – The Refrigerant Management Program (RMP) requires facilities with refrigeration systems containing more than 50 pounds of high-GWP refrigerant to conduct and report periodic leak inspections, promptly repair leaks; and keep service records on site. The regulation also requires service practices intended to minimize refrigerant emissions. Read More>

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