November 22, 2016
The 3M Novec team wants to congratulate our partner Fireboy-Xintex! Last month, The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced its 2016 Innovation Award winners, honoring Fireboy-Xintex Inc. with the Environmental Award for CG / MA and GA Fixed Fire Extinguishers using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. Every year IBEX awards marine industry companies to highlight the importance of innovation in their industry and to recognize companies that continue to create dynamic new products. This year’s award recognizes Fireboy’s commitment to a sustainable solution. Novec 1230 fluid replaces legacy technologies such as halon and FM-200™, both of which are now on phase-down schedules under the Montreal Protocol.
Read the full IBEX Press Release here.
Winners were selected by a panel of judges from Boating Writers International (BWI), a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.
October 20, 2016
Delegates from 197 countries a reached a landmark deal to phase-down use of the fastest growing greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rwanda. According to BBC News, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has declared this amendment “a major victory for the Earth” and a “monumental step forward, that addresses the needs of individual nations but will give us the opportunity to reduce the warming of the planet by an entire half a degree centigrade.” The new agreement has a three-stage approach, phasing down highly developed countries before developing countries.
At the United Nations conference in Rwanda, 197 nations agreed to drastically reduce their use of HFCs, potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners, refrigerators and fire protection. HFCs were developed in the 1990s to replace halons and other ozone depleting substances. Although HFCs, such as FM-200™, are not ozone depleting, they have high global warming potentials (GWPs). The continued growth of HFCs would make them a major contributor to climate change, so nations decided to phase-down their production under the same treaty that dealt with halons, the 1989 Montreal Protocol.
October 18, 2016
More than 500 national and international companies and organizations, along with hundreds of sub-national governments are calling for an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phasedown high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The statement is bold – calling upon world leaders to amend the Montreal Protocol with an early HFC first reduction step and an HFC “freeze date that is as early as practicable.” In addition, signature companies declared their intent to “to work to reduce the use and emissions of high-global-warming-potential HFCs and transition over time to more sustainable alternatives in a manner that maintains or increases energy efficiency.”
On September 22, 2016, the United States hosted a gathering of 100 countries in New York to provide a boost of momentum to the upcoming international negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Countries agreed last November to “work within the Montreal Protocol to an HFC amendment in 2016,” and they have subsequently worked intensively during a series of negotiations this year toward consensus on the terms of such an amendment. Next month, countries will gather at the Montreal Protocol Meeting of the Parties in Rwanda for final negotiations on the amendment.
October 11, 2016
Previous 3M™ Novec™ Hot Topics have put the spotlight on global initiatives targeting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), from the F-Gas regulations in Europe to the global phasedown plans of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol and U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
Now, continuing to take aggressive action on HFCs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just issued the advanced version of its Final Rule 21 of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program - changing the listing status of certain HFCs used in refrigeration, air conditioning (AC) and foam blowing to unacceptable or acceptable subject to narrowed use restrictions.