The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final ruling in 2015 marked a sea change in the way our industry looks at refrigerants. The ruling began a phase-out initiative of hydrofluourocarbon (HFC) refrigerants with a high global warming potential (GWP). Concurrently, the EPA also identified acceptable, lower-GWP refrigerant substitutes to take their place. While the impacts of this ruling were far-reaching, retail food refrigeration in the supermarket and foodservice industries was among the first markets to be affected.
But this was by no means the end of the story. In September, the EPA ruled on additional changes to refrigerant status through its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This latest revision includes an HFC refrigerant phase-out schedule in cold storage refrigeration and some AC applications.
From high-GWP phase-outs to change of status notices for acceptable natural and synthetic refrigerants, these regulatory changes have at times been difficult to unravel. Throughout the HVACR industry, stakeholders have been tasked with formulating appropriate strategies to deal with them. Emerson has been committed to not only understanding these changes, but also helping our customers and the industry stay out in front of them.
Our next E360 Webinar, entitled Making Sense of the Latest Rulemaking on Acceptable Refrigerants, will continue those efforts. Dr. Rajan Rajendran, vice president of system innovation center and sustainability, will moderate this important Webinar, taking place on Tuesday, November 29, at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST. Rajan will review the EPA’s 2015 final refrigerant rule and provide needed perspective on its latest SNAP ruling. He’ll also explain the amendment to Section 608 of the Clean Air Act and talk about the various global efforts to phase out high-GWP HFC refrigerants — from the EU’s F-Gas initiative and Montreal Protocol meetings to Environmental Canada’s recent proposal and the California Air Resources Board pollutant reduction strategy.
To give attendees insights into the status of new refrigerant availability, refrigerant manufacturers — including Honeywell’s Dr. Samuel Yana Motta, Chemours’ Dr. Barbara H. Minor and Arkema’s Matt Ritter — will discuss their respective company’s efforts to develop lower-GWP substitutes that would be acceptable for use in a variety of applications. Finally, Emerson’s Shane Angle, vice president and general manager of air conditioning, will explain how the latest SNAP change of refrigerant status will impact AC chillers.
In summary, the broad range of information covered in this important Webinar includes:
- Change of status on refrigerants per the latest SNAP ruling
- Revisions to Section 608 leak detection ruling
- Global regulations to limit high-GWP refrigerants
- Development of new acceptable refrigerant substitutes
- SNAP’s impact on AC chillers
Register now and save the date: Tuesday, November 29, at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to help define your refrigerant strategy.