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The Practical Impact of the EPA's Refrigerant Regulations: Section 608, SNAP, and R-22 Phase-outs

The Practical Impact of the EPA's Refrigerant Regulations: Section 608, SNAP, and R-22 Phase-outs

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The Practical Impact of the EPA’s Refrigerant Regulations: Section 608, SNAP, and R-22 Phase-outs

Live Webinar: Thursday, May 4, 2017

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific

The EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program continues to approve new refrigerants and ban others for use in the HVACR industry, making it very difficult to keep up with what is allowed and what isn’t. The EPA is forcing end-users to use refrigerants with lower global warming potential, some of which have very different safety requirements than the refrigerants commonly used until now.

In addition, compliance with Section 608 of the Clean Air Act has become more complex with the recent amendments that extend its reach to include all HFC and HFO refrigerants. Some of the amendments have already gone into effect this year; others will go into effect in 2018 and 2019.

Also, while the EPA phase out of R-22 refrigerant is winding down—it will be illegal to manufacture or import R-22 in the United States as of 2020— however, more than 50% of the air conditioning and refrigeration equipment nationwide still uses it. On top of that, the global community is now talking about HFC phase-outs.

The next five years will require whole scale changes to how end-users purchase, use, manage, and dispose of refrigerants. End-users must evaluate their existing programs and policies and prepare for these challenges. The EPA is giving end-users enough time to adjust, but they will only succeed if they start the process now.

Join us on May 4 when refrigerant-management strategy consultant Keilly Witman, formerly of the EPA’s Stratospheric Protection Division, will explain changes on the horizon and outline options for end-users on how to prepare for a very different future.

You’ll learn: 

  • The scope of recent EPA refrigerant regulatory changes for 2017 and beyond—and the practical impact on end-user organizations
  • How to track the proposed timeline for regulatory changes to ensure that your organization is prepared to modify and upgrade equipment, refrigerants, and compliance programs and policies
  • Where the EPA’s SNAP program is at with the approval of new refrigerants and the banning of others in the HVACR industry
  • The practical impact on end users to use refrigerants with lower global warming potential, some of which have very different safety requirements than the refrigerants commonly used until now
  • The practical impact of the EPA’s R-22 phase out
  • A discussion of the likely consequences of the recent Montreal Protocol Amendment that deals with HFCs and their possible phaseout
  • How to navigate the Clean Air Act now that Section 608 has become more complex with respect to HFC and HFO refrigerants
  • And more

About Your Presenters:

Keilly WitmanKeilly Witman
Owner and Principal
KW Refrigerant Management Strategy, LLC

Keilly Witman is the owner of KW Refrigerant Management Strategy, a consulting firm that helps the HVAC & R industry manage the many strategic challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s refrigerant world.

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Witman worked in the EPA’s Stratospheric Protection Division, which regulates refrigerant sales, use, and end-of-life. Ms. Witman has held over 80 webinars on refrigeration and refrigerant management, co-authored best practice guidelines for refrigerant leak prevention and repair, installation leak tightness, and R-22 retrofits; written dozens of articles on current topics in refrigerant management, and developed tools to help industry calculate the financial and environmental impact of their refrigerant emissions. In 2010, she was named one of industry’s 50 most influential people by Supermarket News.

Ms. Witman has a law degree and a master’s degree in environmental policy from Vermont Law School.

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