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A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators has introduced legislation that would give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate HFCs in line with the Kigali Amendment.

A U.S. Republican senator and a Democrat senator with backing from 14 other senators, filed the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act last month. 

The new legislation, which would authorize a 15-year phase-down of HFCs, would give the business a clear timeline for transitioning to new lower GWP refrigerants and lay the groundwork for a smooth transition to new technologies. This legislation would enable the U.S. to export these new refrigerants, not import them.

The bill proposes a gradual phase-down in the production and consumption of HFCs through an allowance allocation and trading program. The EPA would have the authority to establish HFC management and recovery standards and be able to establish use-restrictions.

With President Donald Trump so far failing to back Kigali, the ultimate goal of the legislation is to ensure a smooth phase-down that doesn’t disrupt jobs and leave the U.S. behind in an emerging global market.  

Companies have already invested billions of dollars to produce and sell next-generation technologies to replace HFCs. The AIM Act builds upon these investments, allowing U.S. companies to further expand manufacturing at home.

The legislation has widespread support from the industry. AHRI reported its hope that the Senate will move quickly on this bill, and that the House will follow suit so that this transition can begin.

This proposed legislation is harmonized with Canada’s phase-down schedule, however, the implementation would differ slightly.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko at HRAI, e-mail: cczajko@hrai.ca

A copy of the bill can be found by clicking here and selecting “text.”