Public Workshop (Webinar) for Draft Proposed Amendments to the Small Containers of Automotive Refrigerant Regulation

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August 25, 2022

Public Workshop (Webinar) for Draft Proposed Amendments to the Small Containers of Automotive Refrigerant Regulation

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff invites you to participate in a public workshop to discuss draft proposed amendments to the “Small Containers of Automotive Refrigerant Regulation” (or Small Can Regulation).  The original regulation had two key requirements to reduce refrigerant emissions: (1) a self-sealing valve to keep unused refrigerant inside the can and (2) the recovery and recycling of the remaining refrigerant left in the can after use.  The regulation resulted in larger than projected emission reductions and a smaller amount of refrigerant remaining in the can at the end of life.  This means less refrigerant is left to be recovered and recycled than was originally anticipated. 

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an update of the proposed amendments to the regulation, and to discuss and solicit public input on the proposed draft regulation text.  The proposed changes include:

  • Replacing the deposit and recycling program with a requirement for can manufacturers to use reclaimed refrigerant
  • Adding new annual reporting requirements
  • Expanding new mechanisms or requirements for can manufacturers to expend funds from remaining unclaimed deposits

In addition, staff will discuss anticipated timelines and next steps.  This workshop follows our first public workshop held on January 20, 2022, and our technical meeting held on April 28, 2022.

The workshop will be held via Zoom at the following date and time:

Date:                     Friday, September 9, 2022
Time:                     09:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time                                            


Please register before 09:00 a.m. September 9, 2022, by clicking on the register button above.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.  Prior to the workshop, the workshop agenda and staff presentation will be posted on CARB’s small can regulation workshop website.


In January 2009, CARB adopted the Small Containers of Automotive Refrigerant Regulation as a discrete early action measure to reduce refrigerant emissions from Do-It-Yourself (DIY) automotive air conditioning servicing.  The emission reductions are primarily achieved through two key regulatory requirements: a mandatory self-sealing valve and a deposit and recycling program.  The regulation was amended in 2016 to clarify the requirements for unclaimed deposits and expand the scope of the Enhanced Education Program.   

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