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    It’s Earth Day! Celebrating significant sustainability strives this year.

    April 22, 2016

    • With every year that passes, we gain a better understanding of how our actions affect the world around us, and more importantly, how we can make smarter decisions to reduce impact on the environment. This Earth Day, let's recognize our partners and stakeholders for some of the sustainability strides made over the past year and reignite our united commitment for a more sustainable future.

      U.S. EPA to Reassess SNAP Status of HFCs in Fire Suppression
      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on the continuing use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, use in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use.

      U.S. EPA Procurement Recommendations for Federal Agencies
      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.

      27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP), Dubai
      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."

      Record Water Shortages Require Sustainable Solutions
      Fresh water is a natural resource that is limited and requires conservation. Manufacturers, especially those under mandatory water restrictions, should consider more sustainable solutions, like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids. When used for solvent cleaning in vapor degreasers, Novec fluids can reduce water consumption by up to 6,000 gallons per week for each replacement. Many countries already face significant water scarcity and without significant improvements in water resource management, global water demand is estimated to exceed what is currently available by 40 percent by 2030. California, Australia and Taiwan are just a few places that are currently mandating water use restrictions for the public and manufacturers to combat water shortages.

      No. 24 NASCAR Team and Hendrick Motorsports
      Over the years, racers have employed various types of chemical "clean agents" for fire suppression in their cars. Traditional halon and HFC clean agents have high GWPs and pose significant long-term sustainability issues. Hendrick Motorsports, operator of the No. 24 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series team, has embraced the NASCAR® Green initiatives to reduce waste, carbon emissions, power consumption and overall environmental impact – choosing 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid to stay ahead of the environmental curve without compromising safety and performance on the track.

      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, unlike high GWP HFCs, Novec 1230 fluid has a GWP of less than one. Take a look at this infographic (PDF, 1.06 MB) for a clear view of the differences.

      3M is committed to environmental sustainability, offering 3M™ Novec™ Products – a full line of smart, sustainable solutions for a variety of applications including solvent cleaning for vapor degreasing, aerosol cleaners and lubricants for electronics, and fire suppression.

      Learn more about how Novec products help you protect what matters – your people, valuable assets, business continuity and the world we live in.

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