March 21, 2019
AHRI is pleased to welcome:
Contact: Nikita Nasrin.
On March 12-15, Senior Vice President of Standards and Global
Operations Henry Hwong and Vice President, Asia Operations Bridge Xue, attended
the Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Fluid Exhibition (HARFKO) in
Goyang, South Korea. This year marked the 15th edition of HARFKO, which
gathered hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe.
AHRI was invited to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony
of the expo, which served as an excellent platform to meet other global
partners and discuss issues of importance to the industry. Xue gave a
presentation titled “The Global Refrigerant Changeover: Progress and Issues.”
The AHRI team also had the opportunity to visit SamHwa, LG,
and Samsung to discuss ongoing certification issues and efforts to write a
global standard for Variable Refrigerant Flow. Contact: Henry Hwong.
AHRI Research and Technology (R&T) Committee met on March 19 at AHRI
headquarters. The Committee discussed research needs that are of common
interest to the industry and approved funding for three new research projects.
Two projects will assess the impacts of hydrogen-enriched natural gas to
gas-fired products, and the third project will evaluate the method of testing
for rating commercial space heating boiler systems. These projects are expected
to start in the second quarter of this year. As one of AHRI’s standing committees,
the R&T Committee administers the AHRI research program, and recommends and
takes measures to promote research activities that will strengthen the
industry’s competitive position globally. Contact: Xudong Wang.
members are invited to join staff and industry colleagues at the 2019 AHRI
Spring Meeting, taking place May 6-8, in Baltimore, Md. Join us for a preview of the AHRI Connect community,
the new private online community for AHRI members that will keep our members
abreast of critical news updates in real time. Staff will host a demo on
Tuesday, May 7, to show how it will support the Reinvent initiative by allowing
today. Contact: Lauren Miller.
ASHRAE has announced the following call for comments:
30-day Public Review/Deadline: April 14, 2019
On March 14, AHRI participated in a roundtable discussion on the potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and the European Union (EU) hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The meeting featured Director for Technical Barriers to Trade, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Christine Brown, who handles the Europe-focused regulatory portfolio in USTR’s Office of WTO and Multilateral Affairs.
In July 2018, the U.S. and the EU agreed
to, among other things, “launch a close dialogue on standards,” and agreed to
create an Executive Working Group, which has since met several times. Brown
provided an update on some of the progress of this working group as well as on
some of the potential effects of upcoming EU elections in May. AHRI submitted comments
to the USTR on December 10, 2018, advocating for the removal of trade barriers
related to conformity assessment and standards in any U.S.-EU free trade
agreement and will continue to inform members of trade developments with the
EU. Contact: Michael LaGiglia. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
On March 15, International Affairs Analyst Nick
Harbeck participated in an off-the-record discussion on U.S. trade policy
hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) that featured Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations, U.S. Department of State
David Meale, and Director of the Bilateral Trade Affairs Office, U.S.
Department of State Bob Manogue. Topics included Section 232 tariffs on steel
and aluminum, potential Section 232 tariffs on autos and auto parts, Section
301 tariffs on Chinese products, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
(USMCA), and prospects for trade agreements with the EU, Japan, and the UK. In
addition, Meale dsicussed World Trade Organization (WTO) reform, which was the
topic of a March 12 Senate Finance Committee hearing with United States Trade
Representative Robert Lighthizer, whose opening
statement provides a summary of the Administration’s position
towards the WTO.
Attendees also reviewed the relationship between the
U.S. and China, India, and Brazil in the context of current trade discussions
with each country. Please see AHRI’s Tariff Tracker for more
information on the Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
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