AHAM supports the freedom of choice, with only minimal reasonable regulation, of manufacturer and customer choice of designs and material for insulation and refrigerant in refrigeration and air-conditioning. In North America we primarily use hydrofluorocarbons (HFC's) which is a safe, energy efficient, and non-VOC-producing chemical which is a greenhouse gas (GHG) under the Kyoto Protocol. HFCs are not emitted to the atmosphere during use or servicing in appliance applicationsand recent Appliance Research Consortium and EPA-funded research shows that relatively little HFC is emitted on disposal. Therefore, bans on products using HFCs are unjustified and AHAM has opposed such regulation as non-tariff trade barriers around the world, particularly in the form of EU legislation.
AHAM Publishes Brochure on Ways to Minimize Refrigerator Freezer HFC Emissions from Factories.
The manufacturers of household refrigerator and freezers, represented by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of chemicals used in appliances. With the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), AHAM has agreed to promote voluntary Recommended Practices to encourage manufacturers of household refrigerators and freezers to follow the HFC emission reduction strategies outlined in this brochure. The brochure can be downloaded here: