Adopted from the webinar this whitepaper is a briefing for refrigeration professionals – in particular, in commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing – on the EPA’s new SNAP Rule 20:
On August 8, 2017, the DC Circuit Court ruled that the EPA only had statutory authority to delist ozone depleting substances and to offer alternatives to them. Once a CFC or HCFC refrigerant has been discontinued, it stated, the EPA has no authority to require an equipment manufacturer or a user move away from a non-ODP refrigerant, like HFCs.
While the EPA and/or other intervenors decide whether to appeal, the SNAP rules stay in effect.
While the future is uncertain, there are many good reasons to continue to move to low GWP refrigerants:
US ratification of the Kigali Amendment would require some type of implementation structure. That could be the SNAP program, some kind of refrigerant allocation, or another scheme.