On April 3, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule setting the allocation of R-22 refrigerants for 2012-2014. Although R-22 allowances for 2013 will temporarily rise by about 13 percent relative to the 2012 level, the 2014 allowance is set to decrease by 20 percent from the 2012 level. Allocation amounts will continue to decrease as the EPA will completely phase out the production of R-22 by 2020. After that date, supplies of R-22 will be limited recycled product.
In 2013, the total amount of R-22 allocated to all producers and importers is about 62.8 million pounds, compared with about 55.4 million pounds allocated for 2012. In 2014, the total allocation of R-22 will drop to 51 million pounds. Pricing is likely to fluctuate as the market transitions to the 2020 phase-out date for this class of refrigerant.
Future allocations (2015-2019) will be set in a subsequent rulemaking.