Without a federal framework, “American companies that sell air-conditioning units could also be locked out of lucrative foreign markets, such as China and India, where demand for cooling systems is booming.”
- CQ Magazine
Over the past few decades, there have been other refrigerant transitions, which have shown that consumer costs decline as technologies and innovations increase.
Appliance costs have declined 30% over two refrigerant transitions and after numerous energy efficiency standards efforts.
Innovations in this industry have kept prices steady for residential air conditioning units - they are approximately the same today as they were in 1994.
American workers and small businesses need Congress to act to pass S. 2754/H.R. 5544. It’s critical to stay ahead of the rest of the world by transitioning to new refrigerant technologies while our companies are competing from a position of strength.
The legislation, which will be the subject of a legislative hearing next Tuesday (January 14), seeks to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs by 85% over 15 years. […]This new House bill follows a similar bill introduced in the Senate at the end of October which seeks to authorise the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate HFCs in line with the Kigali Amendment.
A group of senators, led by Louisiana Republican John Kennedy and Delaware Democrat Tom Carper, introduced legislation Wednesday that would give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, consistent with a global deal struck in 2016 to phase down the chemicals. […]The strong Republican support for the bill, obtained by the Washington Examiner, is a testament to the industry’s steadfast and united lobbying campaign.
New bipartisan legislation proposed in the US will attempt to introduce a national phasedown schedule to support the cooling industry to switch to lower GPW products from using HFC refrigerant. Democratic senator Tom Carper and his Republican counterpart John Kennedy have proposed the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2019 as a means to authorise the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish targets for curbing industry reliance on HFCs.