Looking Ahead 10 Years - FMI E+sd

September 11, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, HVAC/R Software, Refrigerant Management, compliance, Regulation, grocery

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Where Will HVAC/R Be in 2030?

This week in Dallas, a group of industry leaders assembled to meet and review the past year, to plan for the future and to reacquaint each other with projects, perspective, concerns and opportunities. The Food Marketing Institute is a group of grocery leaders that run the food retail companies all across the US. The Energy and Store Development Conference, known commonly as E+Sd, brings together engineers, facilities and design members of this community. The group of people in this show are responsible for the designs, safety, conditions and quality for every grocer in the US. It’s also important that grocers large and small attend, yet the entire show can be held in one hotel – simply amazing.

Grocery & Supermarket companies are at the heart of most communities. They have an enormous footprint in our neighborhoods, and one of the largest impacts on our economy and environment. Trakref®️ attends because in that one hotel, every year when they get together to talk, they strategize about how to best handle the emerging and challenging set of HVAC/R Regulations that impact every aspect of energy, food quality, storage and safety. It’s the only focused approach. No other group devotes this much attention to the topic, and we are right at the center of issue to share, learn and help guide the discussion about the best path to compliance.

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EPA Settlement: The Gray Areas of Compliance

September 4, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, HVAC/R Software, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, compliance, Regulation, legislation

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Most activity in the news lately about state and federal legislation fighting climate change through refrigeration management has focused heavily on refrigerant phase-outs and carbon credits. So it caught our attention this week when the US entered into a settlement with Southeastern Grocers Inc., alleging they had violated the Clean Air Act by failing to promptly repair refrigerant leaks, and to keep adequate service records about their refrigeration equipment maintenance and compliance records. 

We strongly agree that addressing leaks and keeping solid records are critical not only to maintaining compliance, but to reducing the release of greenhouse gasses, and protecting your  company’s bottom line. The trouble is, the EPA’s settlement requirements are filled with gray areas that make adhering to them complicated.

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HVAC/Roundup August 2019

August 28, 2019 / by Jennifer Brosius posted in Refrigerant Compliance, HVAC News Roundups, Refrigerant Management, compliance, climate change, Regulation, HFCs, legislation, climate leadership

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Have you heard about our mobile app Trakref V3? This month we went behind the scenes with the Developer, CARB reached out for feedback for their refrigerant management rules, and the EPA proposed changes to its own set of regulations. 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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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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