US industry pleads for Kigali backing

The US HVACR industry has called on the incoming Trump administration to ratify the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol in order to protect US manufacturing and employment. In a letter to vice president-elect Mike Pence, the HVACR Industry Alliance, which represents eleven of the most influential US HVACR organisations, urges members of the Senate to align US policy with the direction US manufacturers are heading with regard to HFCs.

There has been speculation in the USA that incoming president Donald Trump might overturn the global HFC phase-down agreements that were led by the US. If the Kigali agreement is not ratified, the HVACR Industry Alliance warns that US manufacturers’ goods would not be able to be sold in those countries that have approved the Kigali amendment, which would have a devastating impact on US manufacturing and employment.

“The Alliance has united behind these priorities, bringing together the wisdom of our individual associations,” said Paul T Stalknecht, HVACR Alliance chairman and president and CEO of ACCA, the Indoor Environmental & Energy Efficiency Association. “While each association has its own priorities, I’m pleased we came together to present recommendations to the incoming administration about the pressing issues facing the entire HVACR Industry. Collectively, we are all dedicated to pushing for sensible policy that ultimately safeguards the commercial and residential consumers,” he added.