Kigali Agreement Creates ‘Orderly Phasedown’ of HFCs

On Oct. 15, 2016, representatives from more than 170 countries met in Kigali, Rwanda, and agreed to a legally binding accord under the Montreal Protocol to reduce worldwide use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), recently discussed the Kigali Agreement and some of the effects it may have on the HVACR industry.

F-gas regulation shaking up the HVAC&R industry

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases globally, but also one of the areas where climate-friendly, energy-efficient alternatives, such as natural refrigerants, are readily available for a growing number of applications. In 2014, the EU took regulatory action to limit the use of these gases through a combination of measures. The EU F-Gas Regulation, which entered into force in 2015, is rapidly changing the face of European industry and influencing markets beyond Europe’s borders.