November 18, 2021 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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Biden Administration Submits Kigali Amendment to Senate
AHRI Hosts Successful Virtual Leadership Forum!
Research Update
AHRI Issues Request for Proposal - AHRI Project 8029: Assessment of Incompatibility of HVAC Equipment and GFCI Breakers
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AHRI MENA Team Attends Expo 2020 in Dubai
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Top Stories
Biden Administration Submits Kigali Amendment to Senate

The Biden Administration this week submitted the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to the United States Senate for its constitutionally mandated advice and consent. The Amendment, which was agreed to in Kigali, Rwanda five years ago, would, if ratified, commit the United States to a structured, orderly phase down of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants over the next 15 years. A two-thirds majority (67 votes) is required for ratification under the constitution, which means 17 Republicans would have to join all 50 Democrats in support. It is unknown at what point the Amendment would be considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is the committee of jurisdiction. Once approved by that committee, the Amendment would be sent to the full Senate for its consideration.

AHRI is strongly supportive of the Amendment, having advocated for its passage at the Rwanda Meeting of the Parties and has worked tirelessly ever since with friends in the business and environmental communities to see its submittal and ultimate ratification. Legislation that would implement the Amendment passed Congress last year and was signed by then-President Trump. Contact: Samantha Slater.

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AHRI Hosts Successful Virtual Leadership Forum!

More than 250 AHRI members and guests joined the association’s two-day Virtual Leadership Forum this week. Attendees gained insight into ongoing association and industry matters, as well as future plans. AHRI President and CEO Steve Yurek and 2021 Chairman Mike Schwartz kicked off the meeting, which featured engaging keynote sessions on the Department of Energy’s plans to address efficiency rulemakings, the current forecast for the 2022 mid-term elections, and the challenges of leading and performing in isolation. AHRI staff also led general sessions about the globalization of the association’s certification and standards programs and decarbonization.

A highlight of each Leadership Forum is the recognition of individuals making a significant contribution to the HVACR industry. AHRI awarded recipients in three categories: the Richard C. Schulze Award, which recognizes the industry-wide achievements of individuals also pursuing AHRI goals; the AHRI Public Service Award, for deserving individuals or organizations making a significant contribution to the HVACR industry and in furthering AHRI goals; and the AHRI Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor, recognizing industry leaders who have made considerable industry contributions throughout their careers. Recipients are as follows:

AHRI Public Service Award

  • Michael Copp, PHCC

Richard C. Schulze Award

  • John Hurst, Lennox
  • Chad Kirkwood, Carrier Corporation
  • Matt Lattanzi, Nortek Global HVAC
  • Pat Marks, Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Barbara Minor, Chemours
  • Lloyd Nace, Trane Technologies
  • Rick Showers, Welbilt
  • Lisa Tryson, Danfoss

AHRI Distinguished Service Award

  • Edward Johann, U.S. Boiler
  • Mike Noelke, Sanhua

Contact: Lauren Miller.

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Research Update
AHRI Issues Request for Proposal - AHRI Project 8029: Assessment of Incompatibility of HVAC Equipment and GFCI Breakers

AHRI issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a critical research project investigating the incompatibility issue between Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) and HVAC equipment. The 2020 National Electric Code (NEC) 210.8(F) requires residential air conditioners and heat pumps to use GFCI breakers. This project will investigate what triggers GFCI breakers to trip, causing HVAC equipment to experience nuisance trips when the units are properly grounded, in order to prevent shocks and fire hazards.

Prospective bidders are invited to submit proposals by December 15. The charter is available on AHRI Connect. Contact: Erika Chow.

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Global Operations
AHRI MENA Team Attends Expo 2020 in Dubai

AHRI MENA representatives Francois Boueri and Nabil Shahin participated in World Expo 2020 last week in Dubai, attending events and meeting with officials from AHRI member companies, several of which exhibited at the show. The event was originally scheduled for 2020 and is a festival for all to showcase the best examples of collaboration, innovation, and cooperation from around the world. Contact: Nabil Shahin.

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