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ICARHMA Issues Policy Statement on Refrigerants and Responsible Use
Jun 9, 2011
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The International Council of Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers' Associations (ICARHMA) today issued a policy statement intended to provide a framework for global policy discussions about responsible use and the environmental impact of refrigerants.

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), a U.S.-based trade association, quickly issued an endorsement of the ICARHMA policy statement.

The statement has two primary points: choosing the appropriate refrigerant and using refrigerants responsibly.

Through this statement, ICARHMA members stress the importance of selecting the appropriate refrigerant based on all criteria, including:
• cost effectiveness in the intended application
• energy efficiency
• global warming potential
• safety

ICARHMA points out that, in order to fully understand the total global warming potential of a particular refrigerant, a standardized Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) calculation or Total Equivalent Warming Impact (TEWI) must be used in the evaluation.

ICARHMA said containment and efficient use of refrigerants is another important element that should be applied in decisions involving refrigerants.

"The members of ICARHMA represent the majority of global heating, cooling, water heating, and refrigeration manufacturers, and the importance of refrigerants and their use around the world is underscored by the creation of the policy statement," said Stephen Yurek, AHRI president and CEO. "In keeping with this policy statement, we must encourage policy makers to consider more than just global warming potential when evaluating refrigerants," he said. AHRI is the U.S. representative to ICARHMA and is its Secretariat.

Download the full text of the policy statement from the ICARHMA web site.

ICARHMA is an organization of associations representing manufacturers of air-conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States.

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