FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anthony Lagunzad, HARDI Public Affairs Specialist
Direct: 614.345.4328 x119
HARDI Affirms Support for Industry Collaboration on State-Level HFC Phase Down
Seeks More Reasonable Sell–Through Period
COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 19, 2018 – Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) this week is calling for a renewed effort by industry partners to develop a consensus industry policy for states pursuing the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, while continuing to express concern about a proposal to allow a mere 6-month sell-through period for HFC-using units manufactured prior to the proposed 2023 deadline. California recently passed the California Cooling Act, directing the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations to reduce the use of HFCs in air-conditioning and refrigeration products. Several industry members recently announced their support for proposed measures for meeting the state’s HFC emissions reduction target; however, HARDI has abstained from signing on until consensus can be reached on a more realistic sell-through period.
Specifically, the proposal includes language of a manufacturing prohibition with a subsequent restrictive sell-through period that would negatively affect HARDI members at the peak of the selling season. Previous experiences with sell-through periods have shown the concept adds complexity to the distribution process. Simply using a manufacturing prohibition is much more effective in ensuring that compliant units are sold to consumers.
“The proposed six-month sell-through period ending in the middle of Summer is untenable for our members, suppliers, and customers,” said HARDI Vice President of Government Affairs Palmer Schoening. “We favor a plan that does not burden the entire distribution channel at the height of selling season and a process that is inclusive of all stakeholders.”
Recent announcements by New York, Connecticut and Maryland to pursue similar HFC reductions increases the need for industry-wide consensus on this important issue, as those states are likely to follow California’s lead. These additional states add to the urgency to work together to develop a single industry-wide plan that can be adopted, with agreement from environmental advocates and consumers, to prevent multiple sets of state regulations that will complicate the distribution of equipment.
“While we would prefer a national approach to phasing down the production and use of HFCs, such as that proposed in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, we recognize California’s interest in tackling this HFC emissions reduction issue,” said HARDI CEO Talbot Gee. “HARDI fully supports industry collaboration to ensure all of our suppliers’ concerns have been considered, and to maximize the time our respective policy teams spend working together for the industry. Achieving broad consensus allows the industry to speak together as one voice. Had this been done in this case, we wouldn’t have the issues preventing our support of the current agreement. We must do better going forward if the HVACR industry wants to really make a difference for the environment, our industry, and our customers.,” he added.
For more information, contact Anthony Lagunzad at email@example.com.
HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry.
HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 suppliers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.