State of Climate Change Programs Across the US

August 7, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, HVAC/R Software, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, compliance, climate change, private governance, vanderbilt university, Regulation, legislation

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Planned Impact on the HVAC/R Industry

The USA is like a great big franchise. The states are the franchisees and the Federal Government is the franchisor. In return for their participation, the states (aka Franchisees) get to pick and choose from a menu of services. Some states take The Franchise exactly as it is, and some tweak things to accommodate their citizenry. 

The US EPA (aka Franchisor) recently began to relax the requirements for the Franchisees. So many of them have begun to set their own policies in place. Specific legislation is in place in six states, and more than 30 states have some type of regulatory action that affects every HVAC/R owner, installer & servicer in the US.

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EPA Proposes Changes to Key Refrigerant & HVAC/R Requirements

July 31, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in Announcements, HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, climate change, refrigerants, Regulation, HFCs, emissions, climate leadership, EPA

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EPA Proposed Rule tackles HCFCs, compliance reporting, & refrigerant imports

Last week the EPA published a proposed rule signed by Andrew Wheeler specifically addressing regulations on HCFC production and consumption, phase-outs, compliance reporting, labeling, refrigerant imports and destruction. They will be opening for public comment soon on this 165 page collection of regulatory changes, so here are some key takeaways to consider.

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HVAC/Roundup July 2019

July 25, 2019 / by Jennifer Brosius posted in Refrigerant Compliance, HVAC News Roundups, Refrigerant Management, compliance, HVAC/R training, climate change, private governance, vanderbilt university, Regulation, SNAP, best practices, HFCs, legislation, climate leadership

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It’s time for another HVAC/Roundup - our monthly review of the news and topics we found important to HVAC/R and refrigerant management and compliance over the last few weeks:

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Reclaiming US leadership in the HVAC/R Refrigerant Management Industry

July 18, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, compliance, climate change, refrigerants, private governance, Regulation, HFCs, legislation

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HVAC/R & Refrigerant Management: What are the values and impact?

Refrigerant management meant something different in 1994. There seemed to be three things driving awareness and excitement (yes there was excitement):

  1.  A crisis to close the hole in the ozone layer.

  2.  Everyone's values were aligned and the goal of closing the hole were not in conflict with the   commercial goals of US business.

  3.  Refrigerants were very expensive, and the industry saw an opportunity to begin replacing older   refrigerants with newer, better options.

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Train the Trainer: Top 5 Ways to Make Compliance Training Successful

July 10, 2019 / by Steve Ehrlich posted in HVAC/R, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, compliance, climate change, refrigerants, Regulation, HFCs, legislation

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A guest post from our Director of Client Services & Training

Last week the international market made what I think is a smart move in refrigerant management by completing the first round of training sessions for the Refrigerant Driving License (RDL). It's part of AHRI and UN Environment's Global Refrigerant Management Training Program. They used a “Train-the-Trainer” format that I have found to be instrumental to helping our clients achieve long term compliance for their companies. But not all training programs are created equal. I have tried different tactics over the years and have had both success and failure. So I have put together what in my opinion are the top 5 components of a successful Train the Trainer refrigerant compliance training program.

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