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    Not all Clean Agents are Created Equal

    March 24, 2015
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    • 3M has gathered some helpful tools for you to better distinguish 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid from other clean agents like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases targeted for phase-down.

      When deciding on clean agents for fire protection, you may not know how drastically one clean agent can differ from another. For instance, clean agents like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), are potent greenhouse gases that are targeted for regulatory restrictions and phase-downs. 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is not. Novec 1230 fluid is created for life (JPEG, 322.70 KB) – for the life of your system, for the life your people, for the life of our planet and for the life of your investment. 

      Download the infographic that shows why Novec 1230 fluid is different from HFCs (PDF, 1.06 MB)

      These are just a few ways Novec 1230 fluid is different from HFCs and why thousands of fire protection professionals around the world rely on it to keep essential facilities safely up and running.

      Calculate the Real Life Impact of HFCs
      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator to help translate these abstract measurements into everyday terms –shedding light on the massive impact of greenhouse gases like HFCs and encouraging reduction initiatives. 

      For instance, according to the calculator, 900 pounds of HFC-227ea translates to approximately 1,300 metric tons of CO₂ equivalence – the annual greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 274 passenger vehicles driven for a year, 7 railcars full of coal, or consumption of 3000 barrels of oil. 

      Try the calculator for yourself. You may find the results surprising. 

      By switching from an HFC to Novec 1230 fluid, which has a global warming potential of less than one, greenhouse gases in fire suppression can be reduced by more than 99 percent. Take a look at how Novec 1230 fluid compares to some HFCs commonly used in fire suppression. 

      Due to their high global warming potentials (GWPs) and negative environmental impact, time is running out for HFCs. The United Nations, the U.S. EPA, Department of the Environment of Canada, Spain and other governmental agencies are advancing policy and regulations in an effort to reduce production, use, and emissions of HFCs. 

      Not all clean agents are created equal. To learn more about all the reasons why you should choose 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid over HFCs, download our infographic poster (PDF, 1.06 MB) and visit 3M.com/Novec1230Fluid

      3M and Novec are trademarks 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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