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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
March 24, 2015
When deciding on clean agents for fire protection, you may not know how drastically one clean agent can differ from another.
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.
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.
Jan 20, 2015
On December 6, 2014, the Department of the Environment of Canada issued a government notice of its intent to propose regulations "to control the manufacture, import and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)," under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). According to the notice, the proposed controls prohibit and phase-out the use of certain bulk HFCs and manufactured products containing HFCs.
December 17, 2014
Based on recent Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) and FM Approvals “witnessed” testing, the minimum Class A extinguishing concentration for 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid was reduced from 3.5% to 3.3% for all systems that meet the minimum average nozzle pressure of 74.4 psi.
December 4, 2014
In an effort to continuously improve the list of safe and sustainable alternatives to ozone-depleting substances (ODSs), the EPA consistently evaluates and proposes updates to the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. Recently a proposal identified changes to the listing statuses of several hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that, according to the proposal, have "substitutes that pose less overall risk to human health and the environment."
November 4, 2014
On November 2, the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released the Synthesis Report (SYR) for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The AR5 SYR provides an up-to-date view of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change and reiterates its previous findings of the high global warming potentials (GWPs) of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
October 14, 2014
New Amerex wheeled unit offers first sustainable clean agent alternative to Halon 1211, using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.
September 23, 2014
3M's petition for the rule change highlighted the potential for Novec 1230 fluid to reduce greenhouse gas (HFC) emissions.
September 17, 2014
Key industry leaders discuss current actions and future commitments for reducing use and emissions of HFCs, a critical component of Obama's Climate Action Plan.
August 27, 2014
ACGIH publishes new TLV exposure guidelines. nPB is considered a potentially hazardous solution in vapor degreasers and flush-wipe-spray applications.
August 21, 2014
Australia becomes first developed nation to repeal carbon tax, complicating global fight against climate change.
August 12, 2014
U.S. EPA moves to list certain HFCs as unacceptable. More environmentally sustainable alternatives are available.
August 5, 2014
Bipartisan Legislation to Address Short-Lived Climate Pollution
July 22, 2014
After a long string of legislative actions and recommendations by the European Union to increase the environmental tax burden, the Spanish Council of Ministries has approved a tax on fluorinated greenhouse gases (Law 16/2013 from October 2013).
June 10, 2014
North America Proposes HFC Phase-down with GWP Weighting
May 27, 2014
Green building programs award points for using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid because of its zero ODP and low GWP.
May 6, 2014
Data Shows HFC Growth Will Offset Progress of CO₂ Reductions
April 22, 2014
Significant Progress in Global Commitment to Sustainability
April 9, 2014
Recommended Actions & Aggressive Goals for Climate Change
April 1, 2014
Sources in the fire suppression market have recently reported that the Australian Carbon Tax has been abolished. That report, however, is a misrepresentation of the actual events taking place in Australia.
March 25, 2014
Fire Suppression Market Well Prepared with Alternatives
March 4, 2014
Implications for the Fire Suppression Sector
February 20, 2014
While global policy and regulation (such as the Montreal Protocol and the Kyoto Protocol, etc.) continue to advance proposals to address climate change by phasing down production and use of HFCs, individual countries and local governments are moving forward with innovative solutions.