In the Climate Action Plan, President Obama directed his Administration to purchase lower GWP alternatives to HFCs whenever feasible and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and General Services Administration (GSA) are proposing to amend their practices to meet the plan’s goals.
August 4, 2015
The United States is making huge advances in the phasedown of high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Not only has the U.S. EPA just changed the status of HFCs to “unacceptable” for certain uses under SNAP, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and General Services Administration (GSA) are taking the initiative to better align with the President’s Climate Action Plan and move toward using more sustainable substances.
July 23, 2015
Assess the potential impacts on HFCs in fire suppression
On July 2, 2015, the final rule for the Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Change of Listing Status for Certain Substitutes under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program was signed by the U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, this final rule under EPA’s SNAP program changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable, based on information showing that other substitutes are available for the same uses that pose lower risk overall to human health and/or the environment. Specifically, this action changes the listings from acceptable to unacceptable for certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and HFC-blends in various end-uses in the aerosols, refrigeration and air conditioning, and foam blowing sectors.
July 21, 2015
As our collective understanding of the impacts of climate change increases, the use of high GWP substances are being phased-down across the globe. Consistent with its commitment to environmental sustainability, 3M is dedicated to offering safe, sustainable alternatives to HFCs – like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids for precision cleaning applications.
Environmental regulations that banned HCFCs due to their ozone depletion characteristics, are now targeting a class of potent greenhouse gases called HFCs, due to their high GWPs and long atmospheric lifetimes. Unlike high GWP HFCs, Novec fluids are not targeted for phase down or phase out.
June 15, 2015
Fires impacting airport operations can cause substantial safety, logistical and financial consequences. With thousands of travelers in the air at any given moment, more airports and airlines are trusting 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid to help protect electronic assets and aircraft that are critical to continuity of operations.
Novec 1230 fluid is an ideal, environmentally sustainable alternative to halons, HCFCs, and dry chemicals such as potassium bicarbonate (Purple K), because it has no ozone depletion potential, a global warming potential (GWP) of less than one, is non-corrosive and non-conductive.