There has been a shift over the past several decades to reduce the usage of environmentally harmful refrigerants like HFCs. With the recent enactment of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act signed into law in December 2020, this shift has taken a significant step forward. Learn how the ComStar Refrigerants will not only help you meet the regulation standards for today, but for years to come.
What is the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act?
The recent legislation was passed into law on December 27th, 2020 and is a significant step towards addressing the issue of global warming and the harmful effect of high GWP (global warming potential) refrigerant solutions. The AIM act has established initial benchmarks for the reduction of production and consumption of HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) refrigerants of 85% by 2036.
It is difficult to predict how the EPA will implement & regulate this phasedown, but it is likely to come in a combination of the three approaches below;
Allowances on total production & usage of HFC technology.
Banning high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in certain industries, equipment or applications.
Restricting high GWP virgin refrigerants in the service of existing systems.
Table 1. AIM Act Reduction Benchmarks for Production & Consumption of High GWP Refrigerants
How Does the AIM Act Affect Me and My Company?
It's hard to give a generalized answer to this question, as it relies on the type of refrigerants being used, the systems involved and the construction of the legislative guidelines and enforcement rules. There are a few high-level impacts that we can assume the AIM Act will make on any business using high GWP refrigerants.
GWP mandate levels will be announced and will require businesses to remain below these values or be subject to penalties.
The acceptable GWP level will reduce on a cadence that supports the reduction benchmarks of 60% by 2024-2028, 30% by 2029-2033, 20% by 2034-2035, 15% by 2036 and beyond.
These factors will require a replacement in the high GWP refrigerant being used and may or may not involve larger and more expensive equipment & system updates or replacements as well.
Why Use a ComStar RS Refrigerant?
ComStar is the ideal refrigerant solution when replacing harmful or high GWP technologies. The RS series of refrigerants are a unique combination of ultra low GWP values with incredible ease of use & replacement of current refrigerants.
The ComStar RS Series of refrigerants allow for quick and easy replacement of common high GWP refrigerants including R-22, R404A, R410A, R507 and more. In most cases, these changes can be made without required system updates or exchanging the lubricants.
Long-Term Low GWP Solutions
The ComStar RS Series of refrigerants provide significantly lower GWP values than other common refrigerant solutions. Making a switch to ComStar now will help you meet low GWP mandate levels for decades to come and won’t require additional costly replacements to keep up with the decreasing GWP thresholds.