SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 30, July 23, 2015

EPA Phases-Out HFC-134a as an Air-Conditioning System Refrigerant

By Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule to ban the use of HFC-134a as a motor-vehicle air-conditioning system refrigerant starting with model-year (MY) 2021 new vehicles. The rule would not apply to the use of HFC-134a in vehicles already in use or the ability to continue servicing those vehicles with the refrigerant.

Although HFC-134a was approved for use years ago, other chemicals have now been identified by the EPA as being more environmentally friendly substitutes to chlorofluorocarbons that deplete the ozone layer.

For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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