New EPA HFC Rule in 2021 Under the AIM Act

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New EPA HFC Rule in 2021 Under the AIM Act

Are you aware of the important milestone that happened recently with the AIM Act? The first proposed rulemaking under the AIM Act, or what we call the new EPA HFC rule, was published in the Federal Register in May 0f 2021. This article will bring you up-to-speed on what happened, and when, and what matters most.

The Refrigerant Geeks have you covered. Let’s get started.

 

First Proposed EPA Rule to Phasedown HFCs under the AIM Act

As you may recall, in December 2020, the AIM Act, a new HFC phasedown law in the U.S., was passed that authorizes a 15-year phasedown of HFC refrigerants.

The AIM Act has large bipartisan support as it will help the U.S. remain competitive in a global market and address climate.

Essentially, this new regulation gives the EPA authority to address and manage HFCs in three ways: 

  1. Phasing down production and consumption; 
  2. Maximizing reclamation and minimizing releases from equipment; and
  3. Facilitating the transition to next-generation technologies through sector-based restrictions. 

This new proposed rule falls under the first way: phasing down production and consumption by implementing an allowance allocation and trading program.

Allowance Allocation and Trading Program

The U.S. EPA is proposing to establish production and consumption baselines and codify the phasedown schedule for regulated HFCs: 

Table 2: HFC Phasedown Schedule and Consumption & Production Allowance Caps

Year Consumption and Production Allowance Caps as a % of Baseline Estimated consumption & production allowance caps in MMTEVe
Proposed Baseline** Consumption: 299 MMTEVe
Production: 375 MMTEVe
2022-2023 90 percent Consumption: 269.1 
Production: 337.5 
2024-2028 60 percent Consumption: 179.4 
Production: 225.0 
2029-2033 30 percent Consumption: 89.7 
Production: 112.5 
2034-2035 20 percent Consumption: 59.8 
Production: 75.0 
2036 & after 15 percent Consumption: 44.9 
Production: 56.3 

 

The initial methodology for issuing allowances for 2022 and 2023 will be established in this proposed rulemaking. The EPA is also requesting comment on past production and/or consumption values and which years to use. 

Additionally, for compliance and enforcement, the EPA is proposing to establish a tracking system for HFC movement through commerce; require the use of refillable cylinders; establish administrative consequences for noncompliance (in addition to any civil and criminal enforcement action); and establish recordkeeping and reporting requirements. 

 

Prepare for the HFC Phasedown with the Refrigerant Geeks

In terms of refrigerant compliance, the AIM Act is solidifying the next refrigerant transition. Your stakeholders and workforce must be ready, and that’s where the Refrigerant Geeks come in.

Our team of experts with more than 25+ years of experience can ensure you’re prepared for the coming HFC phasedown. In the year of 2021 alone, much will be happening with the AIM Act. In fact, by September, this proposed rule will be final. 

It may seem taxing to keep up. With this proposed rulemaking, there are many requirements being proposed, and we will dissect the most important parts for you by going LIVE next week on Wed., May 26th at 1:30pm CST to discuss.  

Register Now

Reserve your spot now to learn more, and get your questions answered about the first proposed rule under the AIM Act. As always, thanks for joining us. 

 

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