R-22 Phaseout Slashes Supply to 18M Pounds

Refrigerant Phaseout, SNAP changes, and more will affect HVACR industry in 2016

Of the dozens of regulations that have been issued the last few years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rule governing the production and importation of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 has had perhaps the most immediate impact on HVACR contractors. Additionally, the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, and President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan have all shaped the ever-changing refrigerant landscape. And, with no signs of this regulatory action slowing, 2016 is set to be another year full of significant changes in the refrigerant market.

In October 2014, the EPA announced its final phasedown schedule regarding the production and importation of HCFC-22. The order called for an immediate drop from 51 million pounds allowed in 2014 to 22 million pounds in 2015, 18 million pounds in 2016, 13 million pounds in 2017, 9 million pounds in 2018, and 4 million pounds in 2019. No new or imported R-22 [more]

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