The proposed move, in response to president Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the recent proposals to delist certain high GWP refrigerants from the SNAP listing, would require an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
Under his Climate Action Plan, Obama directed his administration to purchase cleaner alternatives to HFCs whenever feasible and transition over time to equipment that uses safer and more sustainable alternatives.
The proposed rule change would require contractors to reduce the amount of HFC emissions and substitute lower GWP alternatives, where feasible, as part of the normal equipment maintenance and replacement process. It would also require contractors to report the amount of HFCs or HFC blends in the equipment and appliances delivered to the Government, as well as the amount of HFCs and HFC blends added or taken out of equipment or appliances during maintenance, service, repair, or disposal.
Under the proposal, reporting is limited to equipment and appliances that normally contain 50lb or more of HFCs or HFC refrigerant blends.
US could ban R404A from 2016 – July 11, 2014
USA: A number of common HFC refrigerants including R404A and R134a could be banned in certain uses from as early as January 1, 2016, under new proposals put forward by the US EPA. Read more…