December 22, 2020
Contact: Francis Dietz, Vice President, Public Affairs
Arlington, Va. —The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today expressed its gratitude to House and Senate negotiators who included language in the just-passed Omnibus bill to bring about a national phasedown of HFC refrigerants. Particular appreciation also is due to Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) as well as Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Pete Olson (R-Tex.), and Paul Tonko (D- N.Y.) for their tireless efforts to see this bipartisan initiative through to completion.
The language included in the bill would bring about a national phase down of a class of refrigerants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and allow for a market- and consumerfriendly transition to new and better performing refrigerants and related products and equipment.
“We are gratified that negotiators included this bipartisan, jobs-promoting language in the Omnibus bill and we are grateful to the Senate and House champions who worked so hard to see it accomplished, and to the House and Senate for passing the bill,” said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. “Our industry has been working toward this goal for more than 10 years and it is very exciting to see our vision of an HFC phasedown reach the home stretch. We are hopeful that President Trump will quickly sign the bill so we can pivot toward implementation.”
According to a 2018 study by Interindustry Forecasting at the University of Maryland (INFORUM), an HFC phasedown will create 33,000 new manufacturing jobs, increase direct manufacturing output by $12.5 billion, and increase the U.S. share of the global HVACR export market by 25 percent.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRIs 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.