When President Trump announced that the US would pull out of the Paris Climate agreement, many people, particularly those that have advocated for energy efficiency and renewables, were disappointed. Some were plain outraged. But in the wake of that announcement, many states, cities and corporations announced that ‘We Are Still In,’ and established their own carbon emission goals to help meet the Paris goals.
The future of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment is tied to low global warming refrigerants, many of which are at least mildly flammable. So why, at this stage in the phasedown, when California and other states are finalizing their plans for low-GWP refrigerants, are we asking if these refrigerants will be allowed to be used?
Several states and localities are stepping in to take action to mitigate the effects of refrigerant emissions. But instead of one set of rules, we could now have 50. What could that mean for manufacturers and consumers — and American leadership in technology?