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TRADE ASSOCIATIONS ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT ON CFC AND HCFC POLICIES

 TRADE ASSOCIATIONS ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT
 ON CFC AND HCFC POLICIES
 PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration trade associations of the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada announced Nov. 18 joint agreement on new policy recommendations for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) during a meeting of association leaders in Palm Springs.
 The associations, which represent manufacturers in the major CFC-using countries, agreed to make the following recommendations to national and international policy makers:
 -- Stratospheric ozone protection policies should take into account scientific information and the societal and economic effects of such policies.
 -- If acceleration of the CFC phaseout in the Montreal Protocol from 2000 to 1997 is determined to be necessary and is proven to be technically feasible for new equipment, some CFC production beyond 1997 to service the vast stock of existing equipment will still be needed.
 -- Global policies should be adopted expeditiously to require and facilitate refrigerant recovery, recycling and reclamation to limit emissions and service existing equipment.
 -- Policies should be adopted to encourage developing nations to shift away from CFCs more rapidly. Developing nations are currently allowed by the protocol to use CFCs to 2010.
 -- Global policies to limit HCFC use and production should take into account the effects of HCFCs on ozone depletion, weighing this against: their important role as efficient transition compounds, the lack of proven satisfactory alternatives, the amount of testing and demonstration necessary prior to commercialization of alternatives, and the economic implications of abandoning the existing stock of HCFC equipment before it can be practically replaced.
 -- Policies aimed at HCFCs must take account of their energy efficiency value. Since efficiency greatly affects carbon dioxide emissions and thereby global warming, premature elimination of HCFC refrigerants in the name of ozone protection may actually be environmentally counterproductive by increasing global warming.
 The trade associations also agreed to assist the parties to the Montreal Protocol by attempting to agree upon and recommend specific control dates for CFCs and HCFCs based on the principles stated above.
 The associations are the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), the Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), the European Committee of Air Handling and Air Conditioning Equipment Manufacturers (EUROVENT), and the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA).
 The trade associations agreed to establish an international council which would meet annually to discuss matters of mutual interest and to cooperate where possible. The council, called the International Council of Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Manufacturers' Associations (ICARMA) would also include the European Committee of Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers (CECOMAF). Formal agreement of EUROVENT and CECOMAF to participate in the council is subject to approval by the members of these associations.
 A meeting of the associations invited to participate in the council has been scheduled for Jan. 29, 1992, in Anaheim, Calif., during the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition. The council will be administered by ARI.
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 /CONTACT: Maura Shannon of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute, 703-524-8800/ CO: Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute ST: IN: SU:


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