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  • Fireboy-Xintex Receives IBEX 2016 Innovation Award for Fixed Fire Extinguisher with Novec 1230 Fluid

    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.

  • Cleaning: ‘Monumental’ Montreal Protocol Amendment to Aggressively Phasedown Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

    November 3, 2016

    Delegates from 197 countries a reached a landmark deal to phasedown use of the fastest growing greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, 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 phases 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 as well as solvent cleaning and vapor degreasing applications. HFCs were developed in the 1990s to replace hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and other ozone depleting substances. Although HFCs used in solvent cleaning applications, like Chemours’ Vertrel™ products containing HFC 43-10mee and Solvay Solkane™ and Solvokane™ products containing HFC-365mfc 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 phasedown their production under the same treaty that dealt with HCFCs, the Montreal Protocol.

  • Fire Suppression: 'Monumental' Montreal Protocol Amendment to Aggressively Phasedown Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

    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.

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  • Companies Urge World Leaders to Adopt Ambitious Amendment to Phasedown HFCs

    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. In early October, countries will gathered at the Montreal Protocol Meeting of the Parties in Rwanda for final negotiations on the amendment.

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  • EPA Continues Assessing Merits of Taking Broader Action in Fire Suppression Sector

    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.

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  • Now is the time to replace halon fire suppression systems!

    September 20, 2016

    Although halon production has been phased out for quite some time, there is still a substantial, aging installed base of halon. For a variety of reasons, system owners may be looking to replace their halon systems. For instance, some companies may be looking to reduce their footprint on the environment and others may be adapting to changes in the protected asset. And now’s a great time to make the switch from Halon. According to John Demeter, President of Wesco HMB, Inc., “Wesco has witnessed a dramatic increase in demand for recycled halon 1301 over the past year, which has led to more than a doubling of the price paid for recovered halon.” By recycling your halon you can offset the cost of your new fire suppression system and by choosing a non-hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) clean agent solution, you can avoid going through this process again.

    HFCs, like halon, have been used for decades to protect valuable electronic and paper assets that would otherwise be destroyed by traditional water sprinkler fire protection, which is the reason HFCs emerged as an alternative when halons were phased out, until recently. HFCs themselves are now subject to global regulatory phase-down under the Montreal Protocol due to their high global working potentials (GWPs) and the availability of proven, more sustainable alternatives. So, when replacing your halon-based fire protection system, avoid HFCs, like FM-200™, and select a fire suppression solution that will stand the test of time and has a warranty to back it up – 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

  • U.S. EPA Proposes New Trichloroethylene (TCE) Restrictions over Worker Safety Concerns

    August 23, 2016

    On July 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a proposal to The White House for final review, which would enact new restrictions on the use of the degreasing chemical trichloroethylene (TCE). According to the Chemical Regulations Reporter®, it remains unclear if the proposal would aim to enact a partial ban or phasedown of TCE to help prevent workplace exposure to the chemical, or if a full ban is recommended. Details of the proposal will not be released until The White House completes its final review (expected November 2016).

    Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides authority for the EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemicals, as well as any manner or method of disposal. With this new proposal, the EPA will determine whether the continued use of TCE would pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment in vapor degreasing applications (RIN 2070-AK11) and as a spotting agent in dry cleaning and in certain consumer products (RIN 2070-AK03).

  • Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Global Phasedown Agreement Take Shape in Vienna

    August 9, 2016

    International media, including Reuters, UNEP News Centre and The New York Times, is buzzing about the July 15-23, 2016 climate change summit in Vienna, Austria and the significant progress that has been made on the global phasedown plans for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol. Negotiations involved nearly 200 countries, resulting in what many environmentalists have called “the most significant action this year to reduce global warming,” according to The New York Times. With the draft language emerging from Vienna, it is anticipated that a final deal could be ready to be signed at the October summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

    The main goals for the Vienna meetings were to reach a global agreement on the following, before the final summit in Rwanda in October:

    • HFC phasedown schedules for each country; and
    • Financial support for developing nations cutting their HFC use.

    “Amending the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs is one of the single most important unitary steps that we could possibly take at this moment to stave off the worst impacts of climate change and to protect the future for people in every single corner of the globe,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a speech to negotiators in Vienna.

  • Data Center Solutions (DCS) talks Fire Suppression

    August 2, 2016

    One of the most important decisions in designing a data center is choosing the right fire protection -because even a small fire can result in costly service interruptions, destroyed equipment, loss of valuable customer data and even disruptions to vital services such as emergency response and air traffic control. For every data center, the fire suppression system must be designed with various factors in mind, including location of racks, any barriers (e.g. aisle containment), and air flow patterns.

    Finding a balanced solution that protects the business and critical assets, while anticipating regulatory changes and technological advances, can be complicated.

    To help navigate the data center fire protection market, technology and the legislative landscape, the publication Data Center Solutions or DCS interviewed 3M’s Kurt Werner, Global Business Development Manager for 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

  • Korea Fire Institute (KFI) Approves 3M Novec 1230 Fluid

    July 28, 2016

    Businesses with operations in Korea now have peace of mind that 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid can be specified in total flooding systems requiring approval from the Korea Fire Institute (KFI). Novec 1230 fluid revolutionized the fire protection market 15 years ago. Today, with more than 50,000 system installations in over 90 countries, and the approvals to back up our promises, we continue to move the industry forward with the purpose of delivering a clean agent solution that is designed to work now and for years to come.

    With an agreement reached under the Montreal Protocol that the framework for a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) will be decided in 2016, specifying 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid has never been more important. At 3M, we are proud to be known for sustainable, consistent, quality products, and as a reliable source of supply time and time again.

    And now, Seoul-based Hanju Chemical, with 3M Korea support, has achieved Korea Fire Institute (KFI) approval for their fully engineered Blazero™ 1230 system using Novec 1230 fluid.

  • U.S. DoD, GSA and NASA issue a Final Rule; Use HFC Alternatives Whenever Feasible

    June 15, 2016

    In the Climate Action Plan, President Obama directed his Administration to purchase lower GWP alternatives to high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) whenever feasible. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and General Services Administration (GSA) issued a final rule to amend their acquisition practices to meet the plan’s goals.

    It’s official. Effective June 15, 2016, the U.S. DoD, GSA and NASA issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the President’s Climate Action Plan to procure, when feasible, alternatives to high GWP HFCs.

  • Novec 1230 Fluid Celebrates 15 Years of Trusted Performance, Safety & Sustainability at NFPA 2016

    June 7, 2016

    Fifteen years ago, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid revolutionized the fire suppression market and now it is trusted in more than 50,000 system installations in over 90 countries. With the greatest margin of safety of any clean agent and low environmental impact, Novec 1230 fluid continues to move the industry forward with the purpose of delivering a solution that is designed to work now and for years to come. And we think that deserves a celebration.

    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a highly-effective clean extinguishing agent, designed to replace non-sustainable halons, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). With zero ozone depletion potential and a global warming potential of less than one, it has an environmental profile that does not compromise its future availability – and you don’t have to compromise on performance.

    Join us at the 3M booth #701 at the NFPA Conference & Expo, June 13-16 in Las Vegas to celebrate 15 years of Novec 1230 fluid!

  • FM Global Recommends Dual System Fire Protection for Data Centers

    June 1, 2016

    FM Global’s Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 5-32 offers its best advice for data center loss prevention in the areas of property protection and business continuity. To help clarify some of these recommendations, the 3M Novec 1230 fluid team has developed a frequently asked questions (FAQs) guide that you may find helpful.

    The FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 5-32 for Data Centers and Related Facilities recommends that consideration be given to employing a clean agent and a water-based system together to achieve full protection without compromise. Click here to learn why.

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  • Canada Fuels Anticipated Global Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Phasedown

    May 17, 2016

    A global hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown appears to be imminent, with Canada proposing domestic regulations on HFCs to meet their eventual obligations under the Montreal Protocol. Canada’s proposal is bold – combining an HFC phasedown with product-specific controls that are closely aligned with the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.

    This March, the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released its proposal for significant controls on HFCs. The proposed approach combines a phasedown of HFCs from a calculated baseline and a series of product-specific controls for certain sectors. The proposal reflects comments ECCC received throughout the consultation process and aligns, where possible, with the U.S. EPA’s SNAP program.

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  • It’s Earth Day! Celebrating significant sustainability strives this year.

    April 22, 2016

    With every year that passes, we gain a better understanding of how our actions affect the world around us, and more importantly, how we can make smarter decisions to reduce impact on the environment. This Earth Day, let's recognize our partners and stakeholders for some of the sustainability strides made over the past year and reignite our united commitment for a more sustainable future.

    U.S. EPA to Reassess SNAP Status of HFCs in Fire Suppression
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on the continuing use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, use in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use.

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  • U.S. EPA Requests Advance Comments on FM-200™ and Other Potent Greenhouse Gases

    April 19, 2016

    As part of a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program's Rule 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally requested advance comments from the fire protection industry. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on continuing the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use. The U.S. EPA has already proposed to change the status of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) sold into fire suppression to unacceptable because their high global warming potentials (GWPs) are significantly higher than other available alternatives and that risks, other than GWP, are not significantly different. Now they are assessing whether the same conclusion could be made about HFCs used for total flooding and streaming fire protection applications.

    On March 29, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2.

  • n-Propyl Bromide (nPB) Targeted for Worker Health Risks in Vapor Degreasing

    March 24, 2016

    This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft risk assessment for n-propyl bromide (nPB) used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning (including spot cleaners) applications, and vapor degreasing. In addition, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued its own draft criteria document for worker exposure to nPB, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) examined the health hazards of nPB associated with different worker exposure durations. With increasing regulations on the use of nPB in vapor degreasing, it’s time to switch to an nPB drop-in replacement like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids – a family of safer, sustainable solvents.

    Read the full EPA News Release here.

    The draft assessment of nPB, also known as 1-bromopropane (1-BP), was conducted as part of the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Work Plan assessment effort. According to the assessment, the chemical showed acute risks to women of childbearing age from adverse developmental effects. Other non-cancer and cancer health risks were identified for workers with repeated and chronic exposures, including neurotoxicity, kidney, liver, and reproductive toxicity, and lung cancer.

  • Minimize your customer’s risk. Visit 3M’s booth at SFPE Atlanta to see why Novec 1230 fluid is a clean agent fire extinguishing solution they can live with.

    March 14, 2016

    Join your fire protection and fire safety engineering colleagues March 15 - 16 at the 2016 Annual SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter Fire Safety Conference. Visit our booth to discover how 3M can help minimize your customer’s risk.

    Unlike greenhouse gases like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is unfazed by the HFC phasedown. It is not targeted for regulatory restrictions and phasedowns and is safe for use in occupied spaces, giving you the confidence to specify a system that will stand the test of time. Thousands of fire protection professionals around the world rely on Novec 1230 fluid to keep essential facilities safely up and running. With a global warming potential of less than one, it is designed for the life of the system, the life of the investment and the life of the planet.

  • U.S. EPA solicits comments from the fire protection sector on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and the Climate Action Plan

    March 3, 2016

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened the fire protection industry to discuss the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) component of the President’s Climate Action Plan. The U.S. EPA is particularly interested in low global warming potential (GWP) alternatives in the fire suppression sector and applications for which low GWP alternatives are not available. Advance the discussion and submit your comments today.

    In December 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Stakeholder Workshop for the fire protection sector. As outlined in the workshop’s presentation, the purpose of stakeholder meeting was to identify:

    • Low GWP alternatives used in fire suppression;
    • Applications for which low GWP alternatives are not yet available; and
    • SNAP status change options
     

     

  • Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) like FM-200™ to Follow Path of Halon; Phasedown Path Determined in 2016

    February 17, 2016

    At the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP27), all 197 countries agreed that the framework for global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) will be decided in 2016. With the formation of a contact group, an amendment to the Montreal Protocol and a global HFC phasedown appears to be imminent. How quickly the phasedown will occur will be negotiated in 2016.

    For the past several years, proposals have been made under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to phase down global production and consumption of HFCs with a framework similar to the EU F-gas regulations. In this way, HFCs would be put on a phasedown schedule similar to the path taken by halon. Until the  27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP27) in November 2015 in Dubai, the proposals had been blocked by a procedural issue and formal negotiations were not allowed to advance. At MOP27, all of that changed.

  • U.S. EPA Announces Procurement Recommendations for Federal Agencies

    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.  

  • Montreal Protocol Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment Expected for 2016

    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.

  • SFPE recognizes 3M’s Paul Rivers as 2015 Fellow

    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.

  • Don’t drench your data, protect business flow with Novec 1230 Fluid

    October 6, 2015

    Live fire testing footage shows that water sprinkler systems discharged in a data center can cause more damage and disruption than the actual fire. You will also see that by installing a clean agent fire suppression system using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid the damage could be prevented, and your downtime could be minimized.

    One of the most feared, and often least talked about, causes of data interruption is fire – because even a small fire can result in costly service interruptions, destroyed equipment, loss of valuable customer data and even disruptions to vital services such as emergency response and air traffic control.

  • High GWP Fire Suppressants Considered for EPA SNAP Status Change

    September 24, 2015

    High global warming potential (GWP) substances used in fire suppression, like HFC-23, have made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Stakeholders Meeting agenda and are now being considered for a listing status change. 

    Following the U.S. EPA’s SNAP final ruling on July 2 to change the listing status of certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and HFC-blends for various uses, the U.S. EPA continues to take action consistent with the President’s Climate Action Plan and is moving onto the next phase of status changes. For the first time, high GWP substances used in the fire suppression sector made the EPA’s list for SNAP status change consideration. High GWP legacy fire extinguishing agents, and those with narrow use, e.g. HFC-23, are of particular interest to EPA.

  • Downtime is Not an Option, U.S. Government Data Center Chooses Novec 1230 Fluid

    September 15, 2015

    Every day, the U.S. Government processes some 75 million transactions, affecting the tax payments and benefits of over 200 million Americans. Any downtime, even for a few minutes, can have serious and far-reaching consequences. That’s why 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid was chosen to protect its new, state-of-the-art support center.

    A U.S. federal agency expects its new 300,000 square-foot support center, like other data centers, to perform reliably, all the time, without interruption because if it goes down, the effects can be catastrophic. Just minutes of downtime can interrupt the transactions that millions of Americans rely on.

  • No. 24 NASCAR Team and Jeff Gordon Drive to Greater Sustainability with 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

    September 1, 2015

    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid keeps Hendrick Motorsports ahead of the environmental curve without compromising safety and performance on the track.

    In the racing world, the drive toward greater sustainability is being addressed in countless ways. Hendrick Motorsports, operator ofthe No. 24 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series team, has embraced the NASCAR® Green initiatives to reduce waste, carbon emissions, power consumption and overall environmental impact.

  • SFPE recognizes 3M’s Paul Rivers as 2015 Fellow

    August 25, 2015

    This July, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) 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.

  • The end is near for nPB in Europe and it’s time to act

    August 18, 2015

    Since 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has listed n-propyl bromide (nPB) as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and now aims to further restrict its use by adding it as a candidate for inclusion in the SVHC Authorization List (Annex XIV) under REACH. If included in the list, nPB can no longer be placed on the market or used after a given date, unless an authorization is granted for its specific use, or the use is exempted from authorization.

    This July, ECHA recommended that nPB be added to the Annex XIV Authorization List under the REACH regulation. This development will be advanced over the next 12 months in Europe and, if approved, nPB could be required to have authorization for use or import. This is important news to the cleaning solvents industry and, in particular, to existing users and suppliers of nPB because implications are likely to include further restrictions, fewer exemptions for use and eventually an outright ban in Europe.

  • U.S. DoD, NASA and GSA Propose to Use HFC Alternatives Whenever Feasible

    August 4, 2015

    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.

    The United States is making substantial progress in limiting use and reducing emissions of high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Not only has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just changed the status of HFCs to “unacceptable” for certain uses under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, the U.S. DoD, NASA, and GSA are taking the initiative to better align with the President’s Climate Action Plan and move toward using more sustainable substances.

  • U.S. EPA Rules HFCs Unacceptable for Some Uses

    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.

  • Global HFC Phasedown is on the Horizon

    July 21, 2015
    As our collective understanding of the impacts of climate change increases, the use of high global warming potential (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 hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids for precision cleaning applications.

    Environmental regulations that banned hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) due to their ozone depletion characteristics, are now targeting a class of potent greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), due to their high global warming potentials (GWP) and long atmospheric lifetimes. Europe is a leader in setting precedents for global environmental regulations and is not backing down on the fight against climate change by implementing an HFC phasedown under the EU F-gas regulations.

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  • Protecting Operations and Assets: Novec 1230 Fluid

    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.

     

     

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  • Is Time Running Out for HFCs?

    May 19, 2015

    Global consensus to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol is more probable than ever, with former opponent, India, now committed to limiting the production and consumption of HFCs.

  • Record Water Shortages Require Sustainable Solutions

    April 28, 2015

    Fresh water is a natural resource that is limited and requires conservation. Manufacturers, especially those under mandatory water restrictions, should consider more sustainable solutions, like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids. When used for precision cleaning, Novec fluids can reduce water consumption by up to 6,000 gallons per week for each replacement.

  • Happy Earth Day to All: Commit to a More Sustainable World

    April 22, 2015

    With every passing year our collective understanding of the impacts of climate change increases. Consistent with its commitment to environmental sustainability, 3M is dedicated to encouraging the use of safe, sustainable alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

  • Not all Clean Agents are Created Equal

    March 24, 2015

    When deciding on clean agents for fire protection, you may not know how drastically one clean agent can differ from another.

  • Kidde Introduces High Pressure System using Novec 1230 Fluid

    February 3, 2015

    Kidde Fire Systems launched its new clean agent fire suppression platform, the Kidde® Clean Agent Advanced Delivery System (ADS) using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

  • 3M’s Breakthrough Two-Phase Immersion Cooling Technology Makes Waves in 2014, Gaining Commercial Traction for 2015

    January 27, 2015

    3M's Two-Phase Immersion Cooling Technology using 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids gained significant traction in 2014.  The technology can reduce cooling energy costs by 95 percent and increase power density per rack up to 250kW, while helping to minimize temperature fluctuations.