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AHRI applauds HFC phase-down decision

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) commends decision to work toward an amendment to include HFCs in the Montreal Protocol

AHRI has commended the decision of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol (MP) to work toward an amendment in 2016 to include HFCs in the treaty’s purview, with a goal of working toward a schedule to phasedown their use across the globe. AHRI has long supported including HFCs in the phasedown plan under the MP.

AHRI President and CEO, Stephen Yurek, said: “Even as other MP signatories have debated the original North American Proposal to include HFCs, AHRI’s member companies – including refrigerant producers and original equipment manufacturers – have been proactively researching potential alternatives to HFCs to ensure that air conditioning and refrigeration manufacturers have access to appropriate refrigerants.”

Currently, AHRI is managing a research program, known as the Low-Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (Low-GWP AREP), which has been underway since 2011.

Subsequent to the results of the program, AHRI established a committee to investigate flammable refrigerants that are being considered as alternatives to high-GWP refrigerants such as HFCs.

“This is a revolutionary agreement and we are looking forward to being part of the process of developing an amendment in 2016,” said Mr Yurek.

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