California Global Warming Solutions Act – An Introduction

Below is a brief introduction to the Fixed Equipment Refrigerant Management Program that will be integrated into EU 32 legislation, along with a brief introduction to the California Global Warming Solutions Act (EU 32).

Information on current and emerging refrigerant gas management, monitoring, monitoring and reporting legislation to enter into force in 2010 is communicated here. As with any other legislation, refrigerant management is still subject to many changes.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act, or EU 32, was first passed in 2006, a comprehensive directive that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2010 and went into effect in 2010.

This target is derived from the increase in greenhouse gases in California since 1990. To reverse 16 years of pollution in the United States in less than 14 years, legislation aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels.

The Air Resources Board (ARB) has endorsed an early action measure to reduce high global warming potential (GWP) GHG emissions through new legislation, including defining requirements and monitoring of improved AC/HVAC systems, regulation enforcement, refrigerant use reporting. Recovery, recycling or disposal of high GWP GHG gases as part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (EU 32).

The greenhouse gases (GHGs) defined by California’s EU 32 are the same gases already defined in the Kyoto Protocol and are currently regulated, monitored and managed by many other countries around the World.

In addition to carbon dioxide (CO2), the most widely known greenhouse gas, the following gases are defined as greenhouse gases with high global warming potential (GWP) carbon equivalent emissions by EU 32 legislation:

* Methane (CH4): a byproduct of waste decomposition and natural geological phenomena; Natural gas drilling is the main source of methane gas.

* Nitrous Oxide (N2O): pollution from exhausts from motor vehicles, processes in industries and other industrial pollutants of the air; Like methane, nitrous oxide can be a product of waste decomposition in nature and agriculture.

* Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6): a gas used for a variety of electrical applications, including gas-insulated switchgear. Sulfur Hexafluoride is also used for applications in experiments.

* Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs): a collection of commonly used refrigerant and aerosol gases along with a wide variety of other commercial applications.

Certain Ozone Depleting Agents (ODS) are part VI of the US Clean Air Act (Section 608). CFCs and HCFCs defined in the header.

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