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?