January 23, 2018 at 9:26 am #8148
Hydrocarbons21.com has published a series of articles detailing how the Kigali Amendment will affect HVAC&R policy changes in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe.
All three articles emphasised that “with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on phasing down HFCs to enter into force in 2019, this year is an important one for HVAC&R policy.”
In regards to the article on North America, the U.S. may face a similar uncertainty with their policies this year that they faced last year, due to a court case ruling against their Environmental Protection Agency’s SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy) program. The Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia ruled that the EPA “cannot require companies to replace HFCs designed for HVAC&R equipment or other applications with low GWP substances under the SNAP program; these substances include natural refrigerants and HFOs.”
However the article also stated that a growing number of U.S. states, cities and businesses will work to reduce climate change and meet the U.S. commitment to the Paris Accord, despite President Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Accord. Meanwhile Canada intends to make their first HFC reduction steps from 1 January 2019 in line with the Kigali Amendment, the U.S. is yet to ratify the Kigali Amendment.
In regards to the article on Australia and New Zealand, Australia’s own HFC phasedown legislation was highlighted, which involves the reduction of bulk imports of HFCs to begin with a 25 percent cut to baseline imports. The article also provided details of New Zealand’s intentions to ratify the Kigali Amendment, and an import permitting system to control their HFC phasedown to be established under the Ozone Layer Protection Act.
In regards to the article on Europe, the EU’s F-Gas Regulation was highlighted, as well as the impending expiration of support for decentralised natural gas-based CHP plants. The article also emphasised that the EU will continue to discuss its revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which encourages energy efficiency.
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