Refrigeration Recovery + Reclamation Technology: Page 14. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 April 8, 2013 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn The Future of HFCs in Montreal Protocol By Peter Powell Of The NEWS Staff I t’s easy to argue that no single development has impacted the HVACR industry as much as the Montreal Protocol. The international treaty, which was signed 25 years ago, ulti-mately phased out CFC and HCFC production; introduced refrigerant recovery, recycling, and reclamation; and, essentially, enveloped the HVACR industry under the power of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which now dictates certifications and penalties related to the use and handling of refrigerants. More than two decades later, the worldwide contract is still strongly impacting many sec-tors of the HVACR industry, including the deci-sions of contractors and service technicians. Ongoing discussions are currently underway, examining ways to incorporate HFCs into the protocol in order to phase down their use due to relatively high global warming potential (GWP). And while no changes are expected in the foreseeable future, these continuing conver-sations, and the potential developments pend-ing, have surely caught the attention of those across the industry. Good News But first, the good news: The protocol was designed to protect the ozone layer by phas-ing out the production of substances found to be responsible for ozone depletion, those having ozone depleting potential (ODP). And, it appears to be working. “The Montreal Protocol is widely recog-nized for being very effective in reducing ozone depleting substances including CFCs and HCFCs,” said Robert Wilkins, vice president of public affairs, Danfoss. “Although we do not expect atmospheric chlorine to return to pre-1980 levels until about 2050, it has peaked and has been trending downward for several years.” The Emergence of HFCs With the HVACR industry forced to turn away from CFCs and HCFCs, it has moved • See PROTOCOL | page 21 Organizations Question BPI Accreditation By Matt Bishop Of The NEWS Staff A reclamation proclamation Sean Donnan, a technician with Millennium Mechanical Services, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, honed his reclamation skills during a recent WorldSkills competition. Many contractors are considering reclamation as a feasible option following a recently issued Environmental Potection Agency (EPA) letter that again decreases the allowable amount of virgin R-22 that can be produced this year. See more on page 14. recent letter to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is requesting that ANSI withdraw Building Performance Institute Inc.’s (BPI) accreditation as a Standards Development Organization for “repeated violations of BPI’s approved operat-ing procedures and specific requirements of the ANSI essential requirements.” Putting it in Writing The letter, authored by 13 industry orga-nizations, including the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA); the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and Heating, Air-condi-tioning & Refrigeration Distributors Interna-tional (HARDI), among others, raised eight specific allegations toward BPI, six of which questioned BPI’s due process procedures. BPI sees this as a public relation stunt to discredit their organization as ACCA attempts to get in the whole-home contracting • See ACCREDITATION | page 22 PODCASTS NEWS you can listen to for the latest NEWSUpdates and lively interviews. Catch our podcasts online at www.achrnews.com or subscribe at the iTunes store. www.achrnews.com A end this FREE Webinar! HowtoChoosetheRight R-Retroﬁ tRefrigerant DATEWEDNESDAYAPRIL•TIMEPMET Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.