Refrigerant Resources


U.S. Climate Alliance Regulation and Legislation Tracking (Updated January 21, 2020)

State Regulations or Legislation including drafts

HFC Commitment

General HFC Emmision Phasedown

SNAP Rules 20 & 21

Considering Additional HFC reductions

Labeling/Recordkeeping/Disclosure/Reporting

Draft Legislation

Passed Legislation

Started Rulemaking Process

Final Regulation in place

California

40% Reduction vs 2013 by 2030

Disclosure & Record-keeping Requirements (In effect)

Colorado

Climate Alliance goal: 26-28% reduction vs 2005 by 2025

TBD

Connecticut

Climate Alliance goal: 26-28% reduction vs 2005 by 2025

TBD

Delaware

26-28% reduction vs 2005 by 2025

Labeling & Disclosure Requirements (Proposed)

Hawaii

Climate Alliance goal: 26-28% reduction vs 2005 by 2025

Labeling & Disclosure Requirements (Proposed)

Maryland

26-28% reduction vs 2005 by 2025

Disclosure, Recordkeeping, Reporting Requirements (Proposed)

  Massachusetts  

25% GHG Emission Reduction by 2020

TBD

New Jersey

40% Reduction vs 2018 by 2035

Disclosure Requirements (In effect)

New York

20% Reduction by 2030

Disclosure and Record keeping (Proposed)

Oregon

Climate Alliance goal: 26-28% reduction vs 2005 by 2025

Reporting, Labeling, Disclosure Requirements (Proposed)

Vermont

40% Reduction vs 2013 by 2030

None

Washington

20% Reduction by 2030

Reporting Requirements (In effect) Labeling and Disclosure (Proposed)

AHRI is monitoring other Climate Alliance states:

Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin





State Rulemakings
California

California adopted SB 1013 enacting vacated portions of EPA’s SNAP Rules 20 and 21, and prohibiting certain HFCs in aerosol propellants, chillers, foam, and stationary refrigeration end-uses. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is also developing a rulemaking with additional HFC emissions reduction measures for chillers, stationary air conditioning equipment and stationary refrigeration equipment. CARB presented the proposals and draft regulatory text during a public workshop on January 30, 2020, requesting early input by February 21, 2020. The 45-day notice is planned for June 5, and the regulation will be presented to the board on July 23 or 24, 2020.



Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Air Pollution Control Division (the Division) is in the early stages of its rulemaking process to implement Senate Bill 19-096, Senate Bill 19-181, House Bill 19-1261, and Senate Bill 19-236 for a potential greenhouse gas emissions reporting rule and potential greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies addressing hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions. The Division stated in stakeholder meetings that this regulation is intended to enact vacated portions of EPA’s SNAP Rules 20 and 21, prohibiting certain HFCs in aerosol propellants, chillers, foam, and stationary refrigeration end-uses. AHRI submitted pre-rulemaking comments to the division on January 27, 2020. At the February 20, 2020 Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) meeting, the division will request a rulemaking hearing be set on the AQCC calendar for May 2020. There will be a formal opportunity to provide additional input through the pre-hearing process.



Connecticut

Connecticut has announced that DEEP will begin rulemaking process to develop regulations to adopt the 2015 and 2016 changes to the federal Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) regarding HFCs, likely modeled after Cal SNAP. CT is still in the early stages of HFC rulemaking and does not have a specific timeline established.



Delaware

Delaware is nearing the final stages of its rulemaking to enact vacated portions of EPA’s SNAP Rules 20 and 21, prohibiting certain HFCs in aerosol propellants, chillers, foam, and stationary refrigeration end-uses. AHRI submitted comments to DNREC regarding the final draft regulation on January 17, 2020. DNREC plans to hold public hearing during the week of March 23, 2020. A final regulation will be in place by Summer 2020.



Hawaii

House Bill 2492 proposes to implement EPA SNAP Rules 20 and 21 in Hawaii prohibiting certain HFCs in aerosol propellants, chillers, foam, and stationary refrigeration end-uses. On January 29, AHRI submitted written testimony for consideration by the Hawaii House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee in a hearing on the proposed bill requesting that the compliance date be delayed until January 1, 2022, along with a modification to clarify the prohibition on installation of the specified equipment rather than its enter into commerce. AHRI staff continues to work with the bill sponsor to ensure that our amendments are taken into consideration.



Maryland

Maryland is nearing the final stages of its rulemaking to enact vacated portions of EPA’s SNAP Rules 20 and 21, prohibiting certain HFCs in aerosol propellants, chillers, foam, and stationary refrigeration end-uses. AHRI submitted comments following MDE’s initial stakeholder meeting to review draft regulatory language. The draft regulation was presented to and approved by the Air Quality Control Advisory Council on December 16, 2019. AHRI delivered oral comments during the council meeting and will submit written comments during the official comment period.



Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is in the early stages of its rulemaking to adopt vacated portions of SNAP Rules 20 and 21 and to introduce a Refrigerant Management Program for refrigeration equipment with 50 pounds or more of refrigerant as seen in California. AHRI participated in one of MassDEP’s initial stakeholder meetings and provided substantial feedback. MassDEP plans to propose regulations by the end of 2020 to be included in their 2030 Climate Plan.

The legislation implements the requirements of SNAP Rules 20 and 21.



New Jersey

On January 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed into law A-5583/S-3919, legislation prohibiting the sale, lease, rent, or installation of certain equipment or products containing HFCs or other greenhouses gases in the state of New Jersey and requiring manufacturers to disclose HFCs and substitutes in their products. The final bill was amended to allow for the use of completeness letters in New Jersey following approval from the Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Regulating Body: Department of Environmental Protection
  • Stated Goal: 40% reduction vs. 2018 by 2035
  • Legislation:
    • A 4775 establishes a Statewide hydrofluorocarbon emission limit and requires DEP to establish hydrofluorocarbon emissions monitoring and reporting program.
    • Senate Bill 3919 and its companion bill, Assembly Bill 5583 implement SNAP Rules 20 and 21 in the State of New Jersey.
  • Rulemaking: None
  • Regulation: None



New York

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to create a new 6 NYCRR Part 494, Hydrofluorocarbon Standards and Reporting, that would enact vacated portions of EPA’s SNAP Rules 20 and 21 prohibiting certain HFCs in aerosol propellants, chillers, foam, and stationary refrigeration end-uses.



Oregon

On January 27, Oregon Representative Julie Fahey (D-14) introduced House Bill 4024, which directs the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to develop regulations implementing EPA SNAP Rules 20 and 21 in Oregon. On February 6, AHRI submitted written testimony for consideration at the Oregon House Energy and Environment Committee hearing on House Bill 4024. AHRI staff will continue to work with the sponsor to harmonize this legislation with other states’ HFC legislation, including seeking more flexibility in administrative controls.

  • Regulating Body: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Stated Goal: Same as U.S. Climate Alliance
  • Legislation: Proposed House Bill 4024
  • Rulemaking: None
  • Regulation: None



Vermont

The Vermont State Legislature passed S 30 and the bill was signed into law by the Governor on June 17, 2019, implementing the requirements of SNAP Rules 20 and 21. The bill does not include labeling and disclosure requirements.



Washington

On November 21, 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed an emergency rulemaking that requires manufacturers, importers, and distributors to notify the agency of the status of each product class utilizing HFCs or other substitutes restricted by the legislation starting on December 31, 2019. The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is working on a permanent rulemaking to address the labeling and disclosure requirements and the implementation of the requirements of SNAP Rules 20 and 21.Ecology is currently revising the draft language based on stakeholder feedback at the January 28 public meeting. The next version will be available in late February or early March.



Other Climate Alliance States
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin



Climate Alliance

The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan group of U.S. states that have pledged to uphold the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change within their borders. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 and to meet or exceed the targets of the U.S. Clean Power Plan (a 32 percent reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030).
http://www.usclimatealliance.org/

Federal Resources

GreenChill Program
The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership is an EPA cooperative alliance with the supermarket industry and other stakeholders to promote advanced technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce refrigerant charges and emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases.


Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada regulates refrigerants at the national level in Canada. In 2017, Canada ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and published Regulations Amending the Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations (the Amendments) in Part II of the Canada Gazette on Wednesday October 18, 2017. Regulations came into force on April 18, 2018. The Amendments establish a phase-down of HFC consumption from an established baseline. The phase down begins in 2019 with a 10 percent reduction in consumption with further reduction steps in 2024, 2029 and 2034 in order to achieve an 85 percent reduction in HFC consumption by 2036.

The Amendments also introduce prohibitions, by specific dates, on the manufacture and import of certain products and equipment that contain, or are designed to contain, HFCs and HFC blends, with a global warming potential (GWP) above a specific limit. Depending on the different types of products within each sector, different dates for their prohibitions apply. In addition to information in the chart, below, refrigerants in foams with a GWP 150 are banned after January 1, 2021.

AHRI Products Containing or Designed to Contain an HFC Used as a Refrigerant

Item

Product

Use

Date

Global Warming Potential (GWP) Limit of Refrigerant Used in Product

1

Stand-alone medium-temperature refrigeration system: self-contained refrigeration system with components that are integrated within its structure and that is designed to maintain an internal temperature ≥ 0°C

(a) Commercial or industrial

January 1, 2020

1,400

2

Stand-alone low-temperature refrigeration system: self-contained refrigeration system with components that are integrated within its structure and that is designed to maintain an internal temperature < 0°C but < -50°C

(a) Commercial or industrial

January 1, 2020

1,500

3

Centralized refrigeration system: refrigeration system with a cooling evaporator in the refrigerated space connected to a compressor rack located in a machinery room and to a condenser located outdoors, and that is designed to maintain an internal temperature at ≥ -50°C

Commercial or industrial

January 1, 2020

2,200

4

condensing unit: refrigeration system with at a cooling evaporator in the refrigerated space connected to a compressor and condenser unit that are located in a different location, and that is designed to maintain an internal temperature at ≥ -50°C

Commercial or industrial

January 1, 2020

2,200

5

chiller: refrigeration or air-conditioning system that has a compressor, an evaporator and a secondary coolant, other than an absorption chiller

Commercial or industrial

January 1, 2025

750

6

mobile refrigeration system: refrigeration system that is normally attached to or installed in, or operates in or with a means of transportation

Commercial or industrial

January 1, 2025

2,200


Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force Webpage

AHRI’s Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force (SRTTF) has been formed to address every step of the supply chain in the safe refrigerant transition to low global warming potential refrigerants. The task force comprises AHRI members and stakeholders employed with contractors, government agencies, the fire service, unions, training organizations and other businesses. For background, resources, updates, and upcoming meetings, click,here.

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