GE Appliances & Lighting says it has become the first full-line appliance manufacturer in the U.S. to adopt cyclopentane – a foam-blowing agent used to propel insulation into the doors and cases of refrigerators – that will reduce GHG emissions from the foam-blowing process by 99 percent compared to the foam-blowing agent it replaces.
By transitioning to cyclopentane as the foam-insulating agent for GE’s 16-, 17- and 18-cubic-foot top-freezer refrigerators this April, GE’s Decatur, Alabama, plant will reduce GHG emissions from the foam-insulating process by more than 400,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent annually.
The reduction from replacing the previous foam-insulating agent with cyclopentane is so significant that GE will actually reduce the GHG emissions of the entire Decatur manufacturing facility by more than 80 percent.
GE could see a significant reduction of the GHG emissions it produces by converting other U.S. refrigeration manufacturing facilities to cyclopentane. GE plans to convert the refrigeration insulating manufacturing process at its side-by-side Center of Excellence in Bloomington, Ind., and its bottom-freezer refrigerator Center of Excellence in Louisville, Ky., to cyclopentane by 2014.