Adopted EPA SNAP Rules 20 and 21 in 2018 which impacted foams, aerosols, chillers (in 2024), domestic appliances and some commercial refrigeration products exactly as noted in the EPA’s Rules. Their overall goal is a reduction in HFC emissions of 40 percent by 2030 using 2013 as a baseline. This more ambitious commitment has led California to start drafting rules beyond the SNAP program which will impact additional commercial refrigeration sectors and air conditioning. HARDI is actively working with CARB officials on the rule making process. CARB is expected to complete their rulemaking to limit commercial refrigeration and stationary air-conditioning by the end of the year.
For stationary refrigeration with more than 50 lbs of refrigerant, all new facilities must use equipment with refrigerant below 150 GWP starting January 1, 2022. For existing facilities the rules vary by end-use. For example, existing supermarket chains have options for reducing emissions from stationary refrigerating equipment. See CARB presentation for additional details on end-use limits.
For stationary air conditioning, CARB’s current proposal would limit all new equipment sales after January 1, 2023 to using refrigerant below 750 GWP. Most current replacement refrigerants below this GWP limit are A2L (lower flammability) and require changes to the building, fire, and mechanical codes for installation and storage and finalizing planned updates to DOT and OSHA regulations.
CARB hosted a webinar on July 22, 2020 with the latest proposal. Slides from this webinar are available here.
HARDI is working with industry allies on an alternative proposal for stationary refrigeration, for more information please contact HARDI Director of Government Affairs Alex Ayers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
California Consumer Privacy Act
The California Consumer Privacy Act (Act) was signed into law on September 23, 2018, and is one of the most stringent privacy laws in the United States. It shares similarities with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), including its extraterritorial reach and grant of expansive rights to California residents on how their personal information is collected, used and disclosed. Businesses worldwide that collect California consumers’ personal information will be affected and will face a compliance date of January 1, 2020.
California Proposition 65 Updated Labeling Requirements (7.13.18)
Beginning on August 30, 2018, California’s Proposition 65 (or “Prop 65” as it is often referred) includes updated labeling requirements for businesses to notify consumers with “clear and reasonable” warnings of potentially hazardous chemicals present in products.
Zero-Emission Trucking Proposal
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has started proposing regulations required by California emissions reduction goals to reduce emissions from trucks in the state. California’s changes include moving delivery fleets to zero-emission vehicles. The recent proposal would reduce greenhouse gas and petroleum use:
40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases
50 percent reduction in petroleum use
|2050||80 percent reduction in GHGs|
California will require manufacturers to begin selling zero-emission trucks in 2024 and require 50 percent of all sales of straight trucks to be zero-emission. This change will require distributors to look at future fleet purchases to include zero-emission vehicles. The proposed regulation also includes reporting requirements on businesses relating to the number of miles driven and the number of shipments.
HARDI is seeking clarity from CARB for more details on how this proposed rule will affect distributors. We will continue to update members throughout the development of this rule.