The EIA’s (Environmental Investigation Agency) Climate Campaign Lead, Avipsa Mahapatra, said:
“EIA welcomes this next step in a series of domestic actions to prepare the U.S. market for, and build a solid foundation toward, implementing a global phase down of HFCs.”
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are proving to be more controversial than just the global warming they cause when leaked from air conditioning systems.
Here's a roundup of recent articles from the USA, UK and India discussing the controversial chemicals and what governments are doing about reducing HFCs.
Chemicals giant, Chemours, a spin-off from DuPont, issued a statement last week denying a damning research which alleged it is 'a bankruptcy waiting to happen'.
Citron Research, a Wall Street analysis firm, published a report on 2 June 2016 stating that it believes Chemours was 'designed for bankruptcy'. The research firm alleges that the chemical company's legal liabilities and debts are the big problems, which its former owners wanted to shed.
Chemours, the chemicals giant, is developing its low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant production with a $230 million investment in a factory making HFO-1234yf in Texas, the company announced this week.
Chemours markets HFO-1234yf refrigerant using its Opteon YF brand name, which is used in vehicle air conditioning systems and in other refrigerant blends for other applications. The new factory is at the Chemours Corpus Christi site in Ingelside, Texas in the USA.
The new refrigerant factory, the world’s largest for making HFOs, according to Chemours, will serve the USA and Europe with H)-1234yf. Chemours’ investment will be made over the next three years to meet the demand from vehicle manufacturers using low GWP refrigerants. Chemours estimates that 40 million vehicles will be using HF)-1234yf by 2017, which will increase to 140 million vehicles by the end of 2020.
The company estimates that around 1,000 retail and commercial refrigeration systems will use its Opteon refrigerant range by the end of this year, growing to around 10,000 systems by the end of 2020.
Two Seattle-based seafood processing companies recently received a fine of $495,000 between them for R22 refrigerant leaks from their refrigeration systems.
Ocean Gold Seafoods and Ocean Cold, located in Westport, Washington State, violated the US government's Clean Air Act and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act and were fined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The American Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Coalition moved its anti-dumping campaign forward this week when it filed a petition to try to prevent unfair imports of refrigerant R134a in the country from China.
The Coalition believes the Chinese imports are damaging the US flouro-chemicals industry because imported refrigerant comes onto the market in big quantities and at prices which unfairly undercut the local producers. Between 2013 and 2015, Chinese R134a imports to the US increased by 35% and continue to grow.
Goodman has extended the recall of some of its air conditioning and heat pump units that are prone to overheating power cords and pose fire and burn hazards.
The recall extension affects around 3,500 units, which follows on from the initial recall in August 2014 of 233,500 PTAC units. Many of them are used in hotels, motels, apartments and commercial spaces. The units are under the Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International brands.