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    U.S. EPA Announces Procurement Recommendations for Federal Agencies

    February 04, 2016
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    • 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.  

      Executive Order 13693, entitled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” directs federal agencies to “promote sustainable acquisition and procurement by ensuring that, to the maximum extent practicable, agencies purchase environmentally sustainable products and services.” The Executive Order further instructs federal agencies to purchase “alternatives to ozone-depleting substances and high global warming potential hydrofluorocarbons, where feasible.” 

      In the fire suppression sector, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid “provides an improvement over use of Halon 1301, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in fire protection,” according to the U.S. EPA's Federal Register. By switching from an HFC to 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, which has a global warming potential of less than one, greenhouse gases in fire suppression can be reduced by more than 99 percent. 

      The U.S. EPA identifies acceptable and unacceptable substitutes for ozone-depleting substances used in many industrial sectors including fire suppression, foam blowing agents and aerosols under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. The list of substitutes is regularly evaluated and updated based on the EPA’s understanding of the overall risk to the environmental and human health impacts posed by the substitutes as compared with other substitutes available for a particular end-use. Check the SNAP list of substitutes regularly for more information.


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