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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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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World Refrigeration Day: A look at the numbers in the USA

June 26, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, refrigerants, private governance, Regulation, recycling, World Refrigeration Day, emissions

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Today is the first Annual World Refrigeration Day! All around the world, companies, agencies and associations responsible for providing equipment, services, support, R&D, regulations, protocols, policies, safety and health will share their knowledge. The core purpose is bringing recognition to the importance of refrigeration (and HVAC/R), its impact on the world, and plans for the future. 

Our favorite topic is refrigerant and refrigerant management. Each week we talk about leaks, impact, controls, best practices and evolving regulations. So we’re taking today to share some of the statistics that drive us, and our overriding goal of controlling emissions and leaks by building tools, processes and protocols.

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The Door is Wide Open & Your Profits are Stepping Out

May 17, 2019 / by Ted Atwood & Jennifer Brosius posted in Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Management, compliance, refrigerants, private governance, Regulation, best practices, HFCs, EIA

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Together we lose $27 billion dollars (US) - if you own or manage a building, your share is $6,750/year

We regularly share information about how to better manage refrigerants, we talk about their impact, results from our work, and stories we hear from others. This week we’re reviewing a report by the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency). Yes they are a European environmental group, and their goal of spreading climate change awareness may seem out of touch with the day to day responsibilities of the average building owner/manager in the US. But if you replace the word climate change with lost profit, this story has some revealing results.

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