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.
Unlike high GWP HFCs, 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are not targeted for phase down or phase out under European F-Gas regulations due to their low GWP.
HFC status change under SNAP
Following suit, the U.S. EPA has changed the status of HFCs to unacceptable for specific uses under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program 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. Unlike HFCs, Novec fluids are sustainable substitutes and are not targeted for phase down or phase out.
Is time running out for HFCs?
Download the timeline to learn more about the global shift away from non-sustainable solutions and decide if HFCs are a viable long-term option for your precision cleaning needs.
Clean with confidence
When choosing a precision cleaning solution, it’s important to factor in the solvent’s safety, sustainability and performance. With a promise of “Safe, Sustainable Chemistry,” Novec fluids address the concerns facing regulated solvents without compromising performance and cost effectiveness. You can clean with confidence because these solvents are high performing, versatile and practical in a wide range of vapor degreasing, immersion, hand-wipe and spray cleaning applications.
Learn more about how 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids can prepare you for the shift away from HFCs.
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