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HCFC Phase Out

HCFC Refrigerant Phase Out Chart

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, all developed countries are subject to caps on their consumption and production of HCFCs, as stated by the terms of the Montreal Protocol and its amendments. The United States and other developed nations must achieve a certain percentage of progress towards the total phaseout of production and consumption of HCFCs, by certain dates.

The protocol computes consumption as follows: consumption = production plus imports minus exports.  The ceiling for developed countries is 2.8% of same country’s 1989 HCFC consumption + 100% of that country’s 1989 HCFC consumption. The cap on production is set at the average of a) 1989 HCFC production + 2.8% of 1989 CFC production and b) 1989 HCFC consumption + 2.8% of 1989 CFC consumption.   The quantities of chemicals measured under the restrictions are ODP weighted, meaning that each chemical’s relative contribution to ozone depletion is taken into account.

In 2007, it was agreed that a more aggressive phase-down was needed.

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Below you will see the United States schedule for phase out of HCFCs.

Montreal Protocol

United States

Year to be Implemented
% Reduction in Consumption and Production, Using the Cap as a Baseline
Year to be Implemented
Implementation of HCFC Phaseout through Clean Air Act Regulations
2004 35.0% 2003 No production and no importing of HCFC-141b
2010 75.0% 2010 In addition to the HCFC-141b restrictions, no production and no importing of HCFC-142b and HCFC-22, except for use in equipment manufactured before 1/1/2010 (so no production or importing for NEW equipment that uses these compounds)
2015 90.0% 2015 In addition to the HCFC-141b, HCFC-142b and HCFC-22 restrictions, no production and no importing of any other HCFCs, except for use as refrigerants in equipment manufactured before 1/1/2020
2020 99.5% 2020 No production and no importing of HCFC-142b and HCFC-22
2030 100.0% 2030 No production and no importing of any HCFCs

 

Data and description courtesy of United States EPA website.

 

If your facility is in the process of phasing out HCFCs, ECIMOS would be glad to assist with both hardware and software solutions such as:

  • Systems Controls
  • Cross Contamination Prevention
  • Barcode Verification
  • Refrigerant Delivery
  • Refrigerant Charging (multiple refrigerants)
  • Refrigerant Reclaim
  • System Integration
  • Work Instructions

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