While the HFC phase-down has begun in earnest in Australia and Europe, the USA – one of the world’s largest users of HFCs – is yet to commit. Now, 32 major players in America’s HVAC&R industry have written an open letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to ratify the Kigali Amendment and commit to the phase-down.
“This is a critical issue for American jobs and the economy,” the letter says. “Studies show that ratification of the Kigali amendment will increase U.S. manufacturing jobs by 33,000, increase exports by $5 billion, and improve the overall balance of trade for these products. On the other hand, failure to ratify the Kigali Amendment could transfer the current competitive advantage from America to other countries, like China. As an example, a 2016 U.S. International Trade Commission antidumping decision regarding fluorocarbons was decided against Chinese companies.
“On behalf of the 589,000 Americans currently employed in our industries, we urge you to send the Kigali Amendment to the United States Senate for ratification. It is our goal to protect and create American jobs, a goal that we know you share. We look forward to working together to achieve this goal.”
Companies who have signed the letter include Fujitsu General America, Lennox International Inc., Danfoss North America, Johnson Controls, A-Gas, Daikin Applied Americas, Daikin America, Inc., The Chemours Company, Honeywell and The Dow Chemical Company.