Meanwhile, in the US…

The AHRI has committed itself, alongside supporting a focus on training in developing nations, to ensure the US meets its obligations within the Kigali Amendment. This focus will be important for cooling policy in the country after the US government announced in 2017 it was dropping commitments to the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP).

SNAP, which seeks to restrict emissions of ozone-depleting substances and replace them with safer alternatives, was amended under the presidency of Barack Obama to try and reduce emissions of HFCs in refrigerants.

However, a ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency that deemed HFC use as unacceptable under SNAP was reversed in 2017 by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. This decision was later upheld by the US Supreme Court, creating uncertainty over HFC policy in the US.

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