THE NATURAL CHOICE
New proposals under the AIM Act in the US will soon restrict the use of certain HFC refrigerants that produce significant greenhouse gas emissions and are a risk to people and the environment.
The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act directs the Environmental Protection (EPA) to phase down production and consumption of HFCs, which have a global warming potential (GWP) far higher than carbon dioxide.
It’s important to understand the implications of the EPA’s proposals under the Act, which come into effect in less than two years.
Under the new EPA proposals, all common higher GWP HFC refrigerants, including R134a, R404A and R410A, will be banned in most new refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump products and equipment.
FROM JANUARY 1, 2025
The manufacture and import of
products containing these restricted
HFCs will be prohibited.
FROM JANUARY 1, 2026
The sale, distribution and export of
products containing restricted HFCs
will also be prohibited.
Ultimately, the AIM Act is targeting an
85% reduction in the production and
consumption of all HFCs by 2036.
Unlike HFCs, natural refrigerants such as carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrocarbons produce either negligible or no greenhouse emissions, and offer no environmental risks. As companies address the issues of massively scaling back greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, the choice of natural refrigerants becomes an ever more logical one. And because of their environmentfriendly nature, natural refrigerants are also future-proofed against both imminent and future regulation.
When it comes to natural refrigerants, Güntner has extensive practical knowledge gained from decades of experience in the field, together with the benefit of research data accumulated over many years in our dedicated laboratory. We were one of the first recipients of the ATMOsphere label, a global stamp of approval for best-in-class manufacturers of products using natural refrigerants. Whatever your cooling or refrigeration needs, Güntner can offer a natural, planet-friendly, regulationproof solution.