Your Guide to Federal and State HFC Regulations in North America for HVACR Refrigerants.
Federal HFC Legislation: AIM Act
- The American Innovation & Manufacturing Act was passed in late December 2020.
- The AIM Act mirrors the international Kigali HFC phase down schedule and established a cap on the quantity of HFCs that can be produced or imported in the US starting January 1, 2022.
- EPA issued allocations, similar to the HCFC allocation system, to individual companies that produce or import HFCs. Allocations are NOT refrigerant specific.
- They are based on the CO2 equivalency of the global warming potential of HFC refrigerants.
- The AIM Act also provides for sector based controls that gives EPA the authority to restrict what refrigerants can be used in specific applications.
- The AIM Act DOES NOT affect the servicing of the installed base of equipment.
- Good refrigerant management will be key for the industry to maintain the appropriate balance of supply to demand for both servicing and new equipment.
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