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According to ACHR News some clever stickhandling was introduced during a recent government advocacy effort involving the refrigeration industry. To help minimize difficulties for manufacturers and refrigeration professionals, an event for key refrigeration groups was organized recently in Washington DC by Heating Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI). HARDI, HRAI and other groups have been working to secure a Federal US policy on HFC Phasedown, rather than the patchwork of differing state approaches, which has already begun to appear, in the absence of strong national direction.

The fear is that without US leadership, manufacturing could move overseas. Uncertainty is unwelcome from distributors, who are reportedly trying to avoid unnecessary regulatory and transportation complexities, manufacturers who are eager to make production decisions, and contractors who are trying to plan for updated procedural requirements. HRAI, HARDI, AHRI, ACCA, and others are all working on training and backup plans, but hoping for a clear national policy.

At the meeting in question, members of the White House team were on hand, and it became clear that the language being used would have to be strategically chosen. HARDI officials have concluded that they would avoid using the word “Kigali,” which has become associated with the previous administration, and would also avoid expecting the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases any more than it already does, or drafting any new “climate policy.”

Instead their efforts were described as working on a “ jobs bill with emphasis on economic security and an innovation-based approach for a necessary technology transition.”

 The feeling is that there is still a chance that something could be introduced this year and that even failed legislation, once introduced in Congress, could help deter states from creating their own plans.

If any degree of success could be achieved at the national level, HRAI, HARDI and the other groups could then proceed to the coordination of processes to update building codes, and also to finalizing training dissemination.