EPA Cylinder Ban: What You Need to Know

Do you know what’s going on with the EPA cylinder ban? Read this post now to get caught up with what’s going on with the non-refillable refrigerant cylinders ban in the AIM Act.


EPA Cylinder Ban Overview

The executive summary of the AIM Act is essentially a new HFC phasedown law that phases down HFC refrigerants over the next 15 years. However, one of the things you might not not be aware of when it comes to the AIM Act is the fact that the EPA is set to require the use of refillable cylinders.

Yes, more specifically, there are certain provisions in this first rulemaking of the AIM Act that call for a ban on the use of nonrefillable cylinders and require the use of electronic tracking of HFC containers. Otherwise known as the EPA cylinder ban.

These provisions—most notably, the EPA non-refillable cylinder ban—are currently being challenged by several industry groups, including ACCA, HARDI, among others.

Here’s a brief overview of what the EPA cylinder ban calls for and when. In essence, the EPA has established a two-stage approach for transitioning to refillable cylinders: 

  • Compliance date of January 1, 2025 — For importing or filling disposable cylinders
  • Compliance date of January 1, 2027 — For prohibiting the sale and distribution of disposable cylinders

The EPA’s authority to prohibit disposable cylinders is currently being challenged. Several industry groups have filed a lawsuit to challenge the refrigerant cylinder ban and the QR code tracking requirement.


Alpyne Strategy Can Help Your Team with HVAC Marketing, PR, & Public Affairs 

Many HVAC-R stakeholders of all shapes and sizes are asking the question “What’s the EPA cylinder ban?” If you aren’t familiar with it now, you might want to get caught up, as this change could effect the industry for years to come.

We’re monitoring this one closely, and you can check back here to see the latest updates. Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below. Register for our upcoming Refrigerant Briefing for Fall 2022 event now.

We hope you found this blog article useful. At Alpyne Strategy, we’re leading industrial & HVAC marketing, PR, and public affairs. As you may already know, the refrigerant regulatory landscape is becoming more complex, and we are here to help you navigate these issues with custom solutions and strategies for your HVAC business.

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