The Washington State Legislature Passes HFCs Reduction Act


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April 22 is Earth Day. On the same day, the Washington State Legislature presented a congratulatory gift for this year’s Earth Day: As part of a series of bills aimed at addressing climate change, the Washington State Legislature passed the "House of Representatives Bill No. 1112 (House Bill 1112), which requires the reduction of the use of HFCs in various application fields, and calls for research on how to increase the use of products that do not contain HFCs.

   This bill was passed in the Washington State Legislature with a support rate of 30:19. In addition to all Democratic members who voted for the bill, two Republican members also voted for the bill. Next, the bill will be submitted to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (Jay Inslee) for signature to make the bill effective. Jay Insley supports climate change legislation and is currently participating in the Democratic Party candidate for the US president, and his campaign platform focuses on the field of climate change.

   In a tweet, Jay Insley expressed his gratitude to the Washington State Legislature for supporting the reduction in the use of “super pollutant HFCs”, and specifically mentioned state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and state Senator Reven Carlyle. "This bill has received strong support from the private sector, and I look forward to more states taking action on HFCs through the U.S. Climate Alliance."

   This bill describes HFCs as "air pollutants that pose a major threat to our environment" and says that "safer alternatives to the most destructive HFCs are already available and cost-effective."


  Washington State is the newest member of the American Climate Alliance, which is a bipartisan coalition jointly established by the governors of 22 states (and the governors of Puerto Rico) and Jay Insley co-founded to reduce the use of HFCs. The other member states of the American Climate Alliance include California, New York, Maryland and Connecticut. The alliance was established in response to US President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

  The member states of the alliance, led by the State of California, have carried out joint efforts to solve the problem of HFCs reduction. Last year, California passed the "California Refrigeration Act", which included HFC regulations abandoned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and called for incentives for natural refrigerant equipment. "States have the responsibility to play a leading role in dealing with HFCs," the text of "House of Representatives No. 1112" reads. "This will not only help improve the climate, it will also help American companies maintain their air conditioning and refrigerant technologies. Global leadership."

   In December last year, Jay Insley launched a US$273 million climate action plan, including US$959,000 to phase out HFCs. By 2035, this plan will make Washington State's greenhouse gas emissions 25% lower than in 1990.

   "House of Representatives Bill 1112" requires Washington State to adopt "regulations similar to those passed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other U.S. states that have adopted or will soon adopt" to gradually reduce HFCs. US Environmental Protection Agency regulations include Important New Alternatives Policy (SNPA) Rules 20 and 21, which provide for the gradual reduction of high GWP HFCs in various application areas. The Washington State Act prohibits the sale or lease of equipment using high GWP HFCs.

The Washington State Act sets January 1 as the deadline for banning HFC in specific application areas. The deadline for supermarket systems is 2020, and the ban on refrigerated food processing and distribution equipment is 2021. Household refrigeration products (compact and embedded Except for type products), the ban period is 2022, and the ban period for cold storage warehouses is 2023.

  As of December 31, 2019, all manufacturers must report the restricted HFCs used by each product category to the Washington State Ecological Management Agency.

The bill also calls on the Ecological Management Agency, the Department of Commerce, and the Public Utilities and Transportation Commission to negotiate and complete a report by December 1, 2020, recommending how to "add low-GWP refrigerants in the fields of mobile sources, public equipment and consumer appliances. "Use of HFCs" and incentives to "eliminate legacy use of HFCs."

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