October 20, 2016
Delegates to the
Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol reached agreement in the early
morning hours of October 15 to amend the pact to include a global phase down of
hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. AHRI President & CEO Steve Yurek and
several AHRI member companies attended the meeting, held in Kigali, Rwanda. AHRI
has advocated including and HFC phase down in the Montreal Protocol for several
years and worked with the U.S. government and others to help make it a reality.
agreement, developed countries, the so-called Article 2 nations, will make
their first HFC cuts by 2019, while two categories of developing nations
(Article 5-1 and Article 5-2) will begin their phase down programs at a later
date. Argentina, Brazil, China, and the more than 100 other developing
countries that make up the A5-1 group committed to freeze their HFC production
and use by 2024, followed by several step downs over the next 30 years. India, members of the Gulf Cooperation
Council, and Pakistan agreed to make their HFC reductions more slowly, freezing
production in 2028 and reducing use in phases.
The 2028 date, while late compared to the other two categories of
nations, is actually three years earlier than India had originally requested.
nations committed to provide additional funds through the Montreal Protocol’s
Multilateral Fund to help developing countries reach their goals. Contact: Karim Amrane.
embarked on the Industry Awareness Campaign two years ago, one of the
objectives was to establish relationships with energy, environment, and
government policy reporters to help disseminate our positive messages to a
wider audience. The results of this campaign were on full display this past
weekend following the global agreement to phase down the use of HFCs under the
Montreal Protocol. AHRI had worked for many years to bring about this
agreement, and those efforts were acknowledged in a wide range of media
outlets, links to which are listed below:
Near Deal on Reducing HFCs, Hope to Sign by Saturday
By: Jack Fitzpatrick
Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That
Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal
The New York
The world just took another huge step forward
on fighting climate change
BBC World News
Hour – Radio Interview with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and AHRI President Stephen Yurek
World leaders reach sweeping deal to cut
Appliance Makers Try to Keep Their Cool as
Rules Change on Refrigerants
Tangel & Ted Mann
5 Things to Know About HFCs
U.S. companies brace for climate-friendly
alternatives in cooling systems
World reaches deal on climate-warming coolants
Crafting Clinton's climate message
Morning Energy [Excerpt]
Global treaty signed to ban HFC refrigerants
HFC Alternatives Should Increase Prices But
Not By Much
Contact: Francis Dietz.
In the latest, AHRI Video Update, AHRI’s Director of Meetings and
Events Christine Gutermuth goes over some highlights members can look forward
to at the upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting to be held November 13-15 at the Fairmont Scottsdale
Princess in Arizona. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about AHRI’s
We have a
number of new and revised events and policies this year:
Opening Informational Session
replaces the former Need-to-Know Session – this new twist will feature
a panel of AHRI staff interacting with members and each other Sunday evening in
a dynamic information session on the U.S. legislative and regulatory landscape
following the election. You will
definitely want to attend!
Professional Women’s Networking Breakfast – this brand new event Tuesday
morning will feature CNN contributor and television personality Nadia Bilchik,
who will share personal anecdotes, tips, and techniques for attendees to
maximize their personal and professional relationships.
Revised Dress Code for AHRI Annual Meeting Dinner-Dance – the closing event
Tuesday evening will be business attire for gentlemen;
dresses for ladies. This event is no longer black
tie-optional. Please plan your wardrobe accordingly.
New AHRI Mobile App - Don't
forget to download AHRI’s brand new Annual Meeting mobile app, which includes
several exciting new features, including the ability to personalize your
schedule, learn more about the sponsors, download agendas, view interactive
maps, and connect with attendees. Users who still have AHRI's old mobile app
should delete it and re-download, as the old version is no longer supported.
AHRI members received login credentials when they registered for the Annual
Meeting. If you need assistance using the app, view the tutorial (link below)
or visit the registration desk on-site.
The event app is available on any portable device and
accessible directly from the AHRI app. See this tutorialon all the app's features, including instructions on how to download it.
As part of AHRI’s strategic goal of enhancing the availability and transparency
of information provided to members, there are some changes to the 2016 Product Section Meeting Agendas. Instead of a short summary in the agenda item
description, and reviewing a slide in the meeting on each point, more detailed
information is provided in the Exhibit attached to the Agenda. While the agenda may appear shorter, the agenda and exhibit should be viewed as one
document. The overall goal is to focus the meetings on action items and to
provide earlier and more detailed information before the meeting to facilitate
discussion. Items from the exhibit may be important background for a specific agenda item, or may be raised by the Chair, EA, or a member for specific
discussion during the “Other Business” portion of the meeting. The endgame
We will seek feedback from members during and after the Annual Meeting
on our ongoing efforts. Our ultimate goal is that all AHRI members have
equal access to the best information, while maintaining each section’s
flexibility to meet its strategic needs in the most efficient way possible. Contact: Amy Shepherd.
On October 17, 2016 AHRI
submitted comments on the Department of Energy (DOE) Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (NOPR) for Walk-in Coolers and Freezers (WICF). The comments
addressed DOE's proposals related to labeling requirements, reporting all
model numbers, preparation room refrigeration, process cooling, hot gas
defrost, and other definitions. The comments also explained how
manufacturers currently publish capacity and application ratings requesting that
the final DOE test procedure allow for these current industry
practices moving forward. The comment period is still open for
the NOPR related to WICF standards; the deadline is
November 14, 2016.
Contact: Helen Davis.
On October 11, 2016, the California Energy Commission (CEC)
hosted a question and answer session for AHRI members regarding new regulations
that went into effect on July 1, 2016, for labeling requirements for air
filters used in air conditioning, heating, and ventilation equipment covered
under Title 20, California’s Appliance Efficiency Regulations. CEC staff and
AHRI members and staff discussed air filter marking requirements in Title 20
Section 1607; the process of applying to be a test lab; and what is involved in
certifying the outputs of those tests to the Commission’s database.
FAQ is on CEC’s website, here, which also contains information
new reporting requirements for heat pump water-heating packages. If additional
clarification is needed on any of the information contained in the FAQ
document, please contact the Appliance Efficiency Program via email at: email@example.com. Contact: Laura
October 17, 2016 the Department of Energy (DOE) held a public meeting
to discuss the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR) regarding
amended efficiency standards for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces and
mobile home furnaces. Here is the slide
deck for the
information presented at that meeting. The analysis
for this SNOPR was discussed at the meeting, but those discussions were mostly
limited to: identifying where this analysis was different from the previous
analysis done for the NOPR on this rule; confirming what information was
considered for various aspects of the analysis; clarifying some aspects of the
analysis in response to questions; and the estimate of the percentage of
consumers that will either select a downsized, lower input replacement gas
furnace or switch to an alternative fuel furnace to avoid purchasing a
condensing furnace. AHRI staff continues to work with the Furnace Section
to develop its response to this SNOPR. Contact: Frank
deadline is fast-approaching — all Chairman’s Challenge entries must be
submitted to AHRI by October 31, regardless of when the visit(s) took place.
Parker increased its lead this week in the multi-state school visit category with an
additional 33 visits to schools, including Missouri State Technical College in
Linn, Mo. and Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., further
emphasizing their lead and bringing their overall total to 142 points.
Top photo: Parker's Von Chatham informs
students about the Rees Scholarship in Eden Prairie, Minn.
and Emerson remain in second and third place in the category, respectively,
while Beckett increased its lead in the single-state school visit category to
11 points with visits to North Ridgeville High School in North Ridgeville, Ohio
and Avon High School in Avon, Ohio.
increasingly competitive legislative multi-state competition, Ingersoll Rand
remains in the lead with 71 points, followed by Daikin at 65 points. Emerson
moved their third place total up to 55 points this week.
Bottom photo: Emerson Group Vice
President of Electronics & Solutions Mark Dunson with
Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) in the representative’s district office in
The AHRI Chairman’s Challenge is
designed to support the current chairman’s goals for the association.
Contestants are competing for Legislative Visit and School Visit awards in two
categories: multi-state and single-state. The company in each category with the
most points accumulated between November 15, 2015, and October 31, 2016, will
receive awards at the 2016 AHRI
Visit the Chairman’s Challenge web page to submit an entry, review the new
rules for 2016, read helpful FAQs, and access members-only Legislative Visit
and School Visit Toolkits. See photos from the competition here. Contact: Allison
invites comments on several addendums.
Public Review Drafts by visiting ASHRAE’s Standards, Research, and
Technology/Public Review Drafts web page and following the instructions to
access the online comment database. To obtain a paper copy, contact ASHRAE. Contact: Michael
AHRI exhibited at the 2016 Chillventa
International Exhibition October 10-12 in Nuremburg, Germany. Chillventa is a leading exhibition in
Europe for energy efficiency, refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation, and
heat pumps. AHRI’s brand recognition in Europe has seen a rapid increase in
recent years, with more European manufacturers joining AHRI’s certification
programs than ever before. European manufacturers who choose to distinguish
themselves to consumers by showing proof of equipment performance in the Middle
East, Asia, and other markets, find the strong recognition of AHRI’s
certification mark a must for their products. AHRI is working to expand its
network of approved laboratories for AHRI testing in Europe and to gain the
necessary accreditations for compliance with EU regulations.
While in Nuremburg, AHRI met with representatives from KRAIA (Korean
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association) to continue
discussions on promoting AHRI Certification in Asia; and ASERCOM (Association
of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers) to continue the work of
harmonizing compressor standards. AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek attended
the ASERCOM + EPEE Symposium, and gave a presentation on the HVACR industry’s efforts to prepare for the
coming phase down of high-GWP refrigerants. Yurek and other AHRI staff also met with several European and Middle
East manufacturers to discuss the value of AHRI Certification in their regions. Contact: Justin Prosser.
Above: AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek presenting
at the ASERCOM+EPEE Symposium.
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