SBA Environmental Roundtable Meeting -June 4, 2021
FRIDAY, June 4, 2021, 10 a.m. –11:30 a.m.
Via Microsoft Teams Meeting
The next U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable will meet virtually to discuss the following topic, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021. The meeting will be held using the Microsoft Teams platform.
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10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program under the AIM Act
Jeremy Arling, EPA Office of Air and Radiation
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Small Business Environmental Roundtable
Issues for Discussion
June 4, 2021
Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program under the AIM Act
On December 27, 2020, the President signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” which includes the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020 (AIM Act). The AIM Act directs EPA to establish a regulatory framework for phasing down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) over a fifteen-year period. HFCs are targeted because they are a highly potent greenhouse gas.
On May 19, 2021, EPA published a proposed rule to set the HFC production and consumption baseline levels from which reductions would be made, establish an initial methodology for allocating and trading HFC allowances for 2022 and 2023, and create new compliance and enforcement system. EPA is also requesting comment on how to allocate allowances beyond 2023. At this Roundtable, EPA will present on this proposal and request for comments, including the proposed a set-aside of allowances for small businesses, and discuss how it anticipates the AIM Act and these regulations will affect small businesses.