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Support grows for US phase down legislation

USA: Support for US efforts to establish a national framework for the phase down of HFC refrigerants has grown with 32 US senators now on board.

The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act was introduced in October by US Republican senator John Kennedy (Lousiana) and Democrat Tom Carper (Delaware) with backing from 14 other senators. 

The legislation that would give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate HFCs in line with the Kigali Amendment. The bill proposes a gradual phase down in the production and consumption of HFCs through an allowance allocation and trading programme. The EPA would have the authority to establish HFC management and recovery standards and be able to establish use restrictions.

The bill received input from the air conditioning and refrigeration industry and environmental groups to give businesses a clear timeline for transitioning to new lower GWP refrigerants.

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