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AHRI Endorses ICARHMA Policy Statement on Refrigerants and Responsible Use

Contact: Francis Dietz, AHRI Vice President, Public Affairs
Direct: (703) 600-0355

Arlington, Va (June 9, 2011) — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today endorsed a policy statement issued by the International Council of Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers' Associations (ICARHMA) in response to global policy discussions about refrigerants, their responsible use, and their potential environmental impact. The document, which is available on the ICARHMA website,, is intended to provide a framework for such discussions going forward. The statement has two primary points: choosing the appropriate refrigerant and using refrigerants responsibly.
"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.
In the 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, and safety. In addition, the statement maintains that to fully understand the total global warming potential of a particular refrigerant, astandardized Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) calculation or Total Equivalent Warming Impact (TEWI) must be used in any evaluation.
The containment and efficient use of refrigerants is another important element that should be applied in decisions involving refrigerants. In its Responsible Use of Refrigerants section, the policy statement highlights a number of principles to consider.
AHRI and all ICARHMA Members are committed to providing conditioned warm and cool air, hot water, and refrigeration to improve the world's quality of life, health, and productivity. The Policy Statement on Refrigerants and Responsible Use is intended to provide a framework to allow member associations and the companies they represent can enhance their environmental stewardship, while at the same time continuing to compete effectively in the global marketplace.

About AHRI
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for, and certifies the performance of, many of these products. AHRI's 300 member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.

ICARHMA is an organization of associations representing manufacturers of air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment in their respective countries. The Council, currently comprised of members from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States, serves as a forum for the discussion of issues affecting the global industry. ICARHMA members provide a valuable contribution to the global economy and to consumers worldwide.