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:
The US was a strong leader in the fight to solve the ozone layer crisis in the 1990's. Its support of the Montreal Protocol lead to big changes in refrigeration management, and the establishment of compliance regulations in the HVAC/R industry and beyond. What went wrong? How do we come back? Click here to read more, and for a free download of the Vanderbilt University study on Private Governance; what private companies can do to lead.
In this guest post from Steve Ehrlich, our Director of Client Services & Training, he outlines what he considers the top 5 components of a successful Train the Trainer refrigerant compliance training program. “When I say ‘successful’ I mean selected employees responsible for facilities operations are converted into in-house refrigerant managers, no matter what their title is.” We included a flyer with details on trakref®️ trainings, and the opportunity to take our regulation knowledge quizzes.
Our celebration of America on the 4th of July weekend was an update on the state-by-state effort to fill the gaps in greenhouse gas regulation left by rollbacks of EPA SNAP Rules 20 & 21. In the past month we’ve seen more states join the US Climate Alliance, roll out executive orders on climate change, and pass resolutions to prepare regulations for proposal. Climate leadership that is moving the country forward in safe HVAC/R and refrigerant management.
Other news trending this past month...
In keeping with the private governance and climate leadership theme, Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, and BMW have reached a deal with the State of California to reduce emissions from their new vehicle fleets by increasing fuel efficiency to nearly 50 miles per gallon by model year 2026. “This agreement represents a feasible and acceptable path to accomplishing the goals of California and the automobile industry,” Mary D. Nichols, the chair of California’s Air Resources Board (CARB). The EPA says this will not change the administration’s rollback plans.
Earlier this year Governor Murphy joined the US Climate Alliance and directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to create an Energy Master Plan to guide the state towards a goal of 100% clean energy by 2050 with a focus on greenhouse gas. The NJBPU responded last month with a comprehensive, ambitious plan. Joseph Fiordaliso, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, posted a quick overview of the plan, and is kicking off a series of stakeholder meetings in an effort to gather input and make it a “collective mission” with the community.
Ethiopia, considered highly vulnerable to climate change, has signed on to the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFC use. The list includes nations from all corners of the world including those from the European Union, Eastern Europe, South America and the African continent united in climate leadership.
AHRI and UN Environment completed their first round of “Train the Trainer” style sessions for the Refrigerant Driving License (RDL). This is part of a global refrigerant management initiative to help developing countries transition to alternative refrigerants per the Montreal Protocol Kigali Amendment’s HFC phase-down. Students are being trained in the requirements for proper and safe handling of refrigerants in HVAC/R equipment to prevent the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
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