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In a letter sent last week to the leadership of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, urged support for proposed federal legislation to establish a national structure for the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. The groups had earlier appealed to the White House for action.

The letter stated: “A recent industry economic study showed that a new federal standard for the phase-down of HFCs would create 33,000 new U.S. manufacturing jobs, add $12.5 billion per year to the U.S. economy, and expand U.S. exports in this sector by 25 percent. Failure to do so will cost U.S. businesses and jobs…In the wake of U.S. inaction, foreign competitors are poised to fill the technology void and displace American companies in a global fluorocarbon market expected to reach $1 trillion in size.”

It notes: “U.S. companies that produce and use fluorocarbons have been preparing for a transition from HFCs for more than a decade, investing billions in R&D to be the first to bring to market next-generation fluorocarbon products and equipment…that leadership – and the advantages it confers to the U.S. economy – is jeopardized by the lack of a federal policy for HFCs.

The House and Senate are considering the introduction of legislation to phase-down the use of HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases.