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

    April 22, 2015

    • April 22 marks the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day – a time to acknowledge our partners and colleagues for all the environmental accomplishments of the past year, and to reignite our commitment for a more sustainable future.

      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). HFCs are potent greenhouse gases (GHGs) that have high global warming potentials (GWPs) and long atmospheric lifetimes. Just look (PDF, 199.62 KB) at how the environmental impact of HFCs, as compared to the more sustainable 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. After all, not all clean agents are created equal.

      You Make a Difference
      Every time one of our partners chooses Novec 1230 fluid over an HFC, greenhouse gases in that fire suppression application are reduced by over 99 percent! That’s because Novec 1230 fluid has a GWP of less than one and a very short atmospheric lifetime. Download the full infographic (PDF, 1.06 MB) to see all the ways one choice can make a big difference.

      Because there are safe, sustainable alternatives to HFCs used in fire suppression, intergovernmental organizations and national regulatory bodies across the globe are encouraging all to make the switch through mandatory restrictions (PDF, 179.78 KB), phase-downs or tax consequences and voluntary actions.

      Landmark Progress for HFC Phase-Down in Europe
      As of January 1, 2015, the new European F-gas Regulation is in effect. The purpose of the F-gas Regulation is to reduce the use of HFCs through an emissions cap and prep for the start to the 2016 phase-down of HFC production and importation.

      Since fire suppression systems can be expected to protect valuable assets for 20 years or more, any HFC-based system already installed or purchased over the next few years will likely be affected by current or future regulations addressing HFCs. Potential issues include price consequences, future recharge and end-of-life costs.

      Novec 1230 Fluid is Not Affected by the Regulation of Potent Greenhouse Gases (PDF, 78.92 KB)
      3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, is a sustainable alternative that is not impacted by the global initiatives impacting HFCs. 3M is so confident that it will continue to meet environmental and safety standards far into the future that we are offering the industry's first global warranty against losses arising from regulatory action: the 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty.

      To all of our partners and colleagues, on this Earth Day and every day, thank you for staying committed to smarter solutions for a more sustainable future!

      Learn more about environmental sustainability in the fire suppression industry.

      3M and Novec are trademarks of 3M Company.
      Blue Sky is a service mark of 3M Company.
      DuPont, FM-200 and FE-25 are trademarks of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates. 

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