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    Montreal Protocol Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment Expected for 2016

    November 19, 2015
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    • November 19, 2015

      After six years of negotiation, the highly anticipated “contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)” was formed. At the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP) in Dubai, all 197 countries agreed to “work within the Montreal Protocol to an HFC amendment in 2016 by first resolving challenges by generating solutions in the contact group.” 

      November 5, 2015 marks the day when the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP) decided to form the “contact group on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)” – putting the production of HFCs on a path for global phase-down. Click here (PDF, 132.15 KB) to learn more about the Parties’ path forward.

      Like most industries using HFCs, the fire suppression sector is increasingly aware of the sustainability challenges facing HFCs. As a result, facility owners are not only making decisions based on today’s policy proposals, but also the anticipated regulatory climate 5 years from now and the cost associated with owning legacy agents.

      Unlike some other industries, the fire suppression sector is well equipped with HFC alternatives for fire suppression including inert gases and 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid (Chemical name C6-Perfluroketone).  In fact, U.S. EPA acknowledges that Novec 1230 fluid:

      “[…] provides an improvement over use of Halon 1301, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in fire protection. We find that C6-perfluoroketone is acceptable because it reduces overall risk to public health and the environment in the end use listed.”
      (U.S. EPA, Federal Register, December 20, 2002)

      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

      Explore the reasons why Novec 1230 fluid is a more sustainable option for your business and the environment.

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