May 13, 2021
AHRI’s 2021 Spring Webinar Series is now underway, featuring sessions on critical issues affecting the HVACR and water heating industry each Tuesday in May. More than 200 people joined the webinar this week, which offered an insider’s look at the energy and environmental policy issues driving state legislative action across the country.
The next webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, May 18,
will feature Connor Lokar, an economist with ITR Economics, Inc., who will
review short-term and long-term economic forecasts (U.S. and/or global) and how
they will directly impact the HVACR and water heating industry. Connor also
will provide insight into what we can expect in the way of inflation, interest
rates, and taxes over the next four years, as well as the lingering effects of
the pandemic on the U.S. and global economies. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for U.S. and Global Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Economic Review
and Forecast. Register here. Contact: Christine Gutermuth.
Last week AHRI joined two of its sister industry associations – the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers -- in seeking “fairness” in government assistance and policy with respect to the shortage of semiconductors.
In a letter to
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the heads of the three organizations took
issue with her recent statement that seemed to advocate priority for the auto
industry: “We’re working hard to see if we can…prioritize the needs of our auto
companies since there’s so many American jobs on the line,” Raimondo is quoted
as stating at a recent event. The industry letter acknowledged the importance
of the auto industry but reminded the Secretary that their own “combined
industries’ economic impact in the U.S. is $578 billion and we employ over 2.6
million people.” Read the full press release here. Contact:Francis Dietz.
The AHRI Board of Directors this week approved a General Position Statement on Decarbonization designed to position the association as a resource for states and localities grappling with how to successfully, sustainably, and affordably reduce emissions related to the built environment.
The paper notes that, “The air conditioning, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and water heating industry has a long history of providing innovative, high-quality, energy-saving, affordable products that enhance the comfort, safety, health, and productivity of businesses and people around the world,” and expresses AHRI’s support for “the ongoing, science-based transition to a lower carbon society in which consumer choices for heating, cooling, water heating, and commercial refrigeration are the most energy efficient, environmentally beneficial available anywhere in theworld, while maintaining appropriate and adequate levels of safety, health, comfort, and affordability.”
The paper’s sole purpose is to position the association to be a resource to policy makers. It is one resource from AHRI, which also is developing a decarbonization white paper and an online carbon reduction determination tool. Contact: Francis Dietz.
Automatic Commercial Ice Makers (ACIM) Regulatory Working Group continues to discuss
the national hydrofluorocarbon phasedown and the best possible methods to meet related
requirements. The group has reviewed potential refrigerant replacements for
servicing existing equipment and installing new equipment. AHRI has presented data that encompasses the entire Refrigeration
Sector. Future meetings will focus on the ACIM portion of the phasedown, and
the group will review a list of refrigerants that are better suited to ACIM’s
refrigerant glide restrictions, which eliminate many of the low-GWP
refrigerants used in other systems.
AHRI will also analyze whether proposed actions would allow ACIM products to
meet program goals. For more
information on AHRI working groups or to join a specific group, visit AHRI
Connect. Contact: Greg
16, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice
of proposed rulemaking to modify the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to
align it with Revision 7 of the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System
(GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals and to better align with
other U.S. agencies and international trading partners without lowering the
overall protections of the standard. AHRI supports the proposal, which also would
address issues that have arisen since OSHA last updated the HCS in 2012. The
public comment period ends May 19.
International Code Council (ICC) technical committees recently approved a
proposal to align definitions for flammable gas in Section 202 of the
International Fire Code (IFC) to the GHS, which the IFC supported. Changes
to the ICC will update the building codes to reflect the GHS flammability
categories. Many of the next-generation low-GWP refrigerants will have
lower flammability characteristics and fall into GHS Category 1B. Contact: Mary Koban.
Members of the International
Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers
Associations (ICARHMA) met
virtually on April 27 for its third roundtable discussion during the COVID-19
pandemic. Members identified various trends
emerging from the pandemic that likely affect the global HVACR and water heating
The keynote speaker, Senior
Vice President for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce John
Murphy, provided an analysis of the “12 Keys to Understanding the Post-Covid
World Economy.” He highlighted economic recovery in the U.S. and globally, and supply
chain reconsiderations by manufacturers and policymakers. In that context, he
provided an insightful analysis of global trade negotiations. Following Murphy’s presentation, members
discussed the effects of COVID-19 on the HVACR and water heating industry,
changes to business and industry association operations, and other related
challenges stemming from the pandemic.
ICARHMA consists of eleven
national associations from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific,
representing manufacturers that produce 90 percent of the world’s heating,
cooling, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. Contact: Jim Walters.