7 October 2016

In late September, the United States hosted a gathering of countries in New York to support negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases. The event highlighted several significant announcements: More than 100 countries called for securing an ambitious amendment with an ‘early freeze date,’ […]

30 August 2016

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) updated AHRI Guideline Q, Content Recovery and Proper Recycling of Refrigerant Cylinders to include best practices for end-of-life recycling of flammable refrigerant containers. AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek commented that it’s critical not only to handle flammable refrigerants safely, but also to recycle the containers properly. Recommended […]

4 August 2016

On July 22, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) announced its determinations in its final phase of an antidumping duty investigation concerning hydrofluorocarbon blends for 404A, 507A, 410A, 407A & 407C and their individual components from China. The Commission unanimously found that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of hydrofluorocarbon […]

2 August 2016

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced that all refrigerant containers should have one uniform paint color, a light-green grey (RAL 7044), and that existing individually assigned container paint colors should be transitioned to that color by 2020. Container labels and markings remain the preferred method for identification for refrigerants. This change and others […]

10 June 2016

With summer beginning, the supply of various refrigerants will be affected by several different conditions, which will likely result in spot shortages for the entire season. R-22 is now in its last three years of EPA-allocated new production and will continue to be in short supply. The limited approximately 18 million pound total production allowance […]

28 May 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has determined that imports of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blends and components from the People’s Republic of China are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value. The Department of Commerce also determined that ‘critical circumstances’ exist with respect to imports of these […]

4 May 2016

The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy in April 2016 commended progress made by governments working to complete an international agreement to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption as part of the Montreal Protocol treaty. The Parties to the Montreal Protocol completed one week of preparatory negotiations in Geneva in advance of additional sessions in Vienna in […]

10 April 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a warning cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the safety hazards related to the use of propane in motor vehicle and home air conditioning systems. The use of a propane-based refrigerant in an air conditioner that is not designed […]

18 March 2016

The American Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Coalition and its members filed an antidumping duty petition with the United States Department of Commerce and the United States International Trade Commission charging that unfairly traded imports of R-134a from China are causing material injury to the U.S. fluoro-chemicals industry. The petition alleges dumping margins for R-134a ranging from 150 […]