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Arkema Inc. reassures customers in response to the EPA’s final R-22 refrigerant allowances

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As the holder of the largest allowance of the companies who produce R-22 refrigerant, Arkema is working with its customers to create a dependable strategy and reliable supply of R-22 refrigerant following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new phase-out schedule.

The EPA announced in October 2014 its 2015-2019 Final Rule for R-22 refrigerant allowances.  This Final Rule is the last set of annual allowances for HCFCs, including R-22, for the years 2015 through 2019. In 2020, the R-22 production and consumption phase out will be effectively complete.

“Although R-22 is being phased out, we believe it’s still the best option for many R-22 applications because these systems were specifically designed for use with R-22,” noted Glenn Haun, director of sales for Arkema’s Fluorochemicals business in North America. “.  With the current EPA allowances and existing inventories, we believe there will be a sufficient amount of R-22 to supply and service existing R-22 equipment for years to come.”  

“As the largest HCFC-22 refrigerant allowance holder, Arkema is committed to working with our customer base to supply Forane® 22, Forane® 410A refrigerants, and our complete line of blends, including our R-22 retrofit Forane® 427A,” said Haun.  “We are working closely with our customers to jointly develop a long term refrigerant supply strategy which will allow them to carefully develop a long term R-22 transition plan and consider all options, including Forane® 427A,  The EASY RETROFIT™.  Forane® 427A works in air conditioning, heat pumps, and refrigeration systems due to its comparable capacity and nearly identical pressures to R-22”

Forane® 427A refrigerant has been successfully used worldwide since 2005.  Forane® 427A refrigerant offers a close match to R-22 in performance as well as in mass flow rates and operating pressures in air conditioning, heat pumps, and refrigeration systems. Forane® 427A refrigerant, a non-ozone depleting (ODP) refrigerant is an easy retrofit and one of the most cost-effective long-term HVACR retrofit solutions.

In the EPA’s Final Rule, the consumption allocation in 2015 is approximately 10,000 MT, decreasing by approximately 2,000 MT per year until it is phased out in 2020.  The 2015 allocation amount is about 13,000MT less than the 2014 allocation.  Now that the Final Rule has been published, Arkema and customers can work together to effectively plan for the future.    

Complete details on the EPA ruling can be accessed at:  


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