February 4, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its recommendations for U.S. federal agencies to help them purchase more environmentally sustainable products and services in accordance with Executive Order 13693.
On September 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its recommendations for purchasing environmentally preferable products and services to the U.S. federal government, one of the world’s largest purchasers. This action is aimed at helping federal agencies purchase more environmentally sustainable products and services in accordance with Executive Order 13693, while reducing public health and environmental impacts associated with the federal government’s extensive supply chain.
November 19, 2015
After six years of negotiation, the highly anticipated “contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)” was formed. At the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP) in Dubai, all 197 countries agreed to “work within the Montreal Protocol to an HFC amendment in 2016 by first resolving challenges by generating solutions in the contact group.”
November 5, 2015 marks the day when the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP) decided to form the “contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)” – putting the production of HFCs on a path for global phase-down. Click here to learn more about the Parties’ path forward.
October 27, 2015
The Obama Administration and private-sector leaders announced new ambitious commitments and robust progress of existing commitments to reduce the use and emissions of potent greenhouse gases, called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a critical component of the President’s Climate Action Plan. SEVO™ Systems, Inc. announced it has already achieved a reduction of almost two million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent by using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, a non-HFC clean agent for fire suppression.
On October 15, 2015, senior White House and Administration officials met for a second time with a broad range of industry leaders at the White House to recognize their significant progress and dedication to curb their emissions of HFCs. Many of these industry leaders, including private-sector producers of the chemicals, manufacturers of equipment that use HFCs, and end-users, publically committed to reducing HFCs at a White House Roundtable in September 2014. One year later, the actions they have taken under those commitments should cut the consumption of HFCs by the equivalent of more than 100 million metric tons of CO2 through 2025, according to a Fact Sheet from the White House.
October 13, 2015
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has recognized six of its members as Fellows for 2015, including 3M’s Senior Fire Protection Specialist, Paul Rivers. As a 2015 SFPE Fellow, Rivers represents a distinguished group of members who have achieved a standard of excellence and have made significant contributions to fire protection engineering and the society globally.
After nearly 40 years as a member of SFPE International, Paul Rivers, P.E., Senior Fire Protection Engineer at 3M, has been elected an SFPE Fellow for 2015 for his significant achievements and contributions in the fire protection industry. He has been actively involved in SFPE on both international and local levels, serving on the society’s Board of Directors and currently acting as the Minnesota Chapter President..