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EPA Approves DuPont’s Low Global Warming Potential Foam

DuPont Fluorochemicals’ Formacel 1100 has received approval from the EPA under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program for use as a foam expansion agent or blowing agent.

The purpose of the SNAP Program is to allow a safe, smooth transition away from ozone-depleting compounds by identifying substitutes that offer lower overall risks to human health and the environment.

DuPont says Formacel 1100 will meet the growing demand for a low global warming potential (GWP) product with zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) that improves energy efficiency in polyurethane foam insulation. Customers can reduce GWP by greater than 99 percent compared to the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases, used in rigid polyurethane insulating foams that it will replace, the company says.

DuPont previously announced that it expects to make small scale commercial volumes of Formacel 1100 available in late 2014 and that full-scale commercial capacity will be available from its world-class facility in the second half of 2016.

Formacel 1100 also offers excellent thermal insulation performance allowing for reduced energy consumption, which further reduces greenhouse gas emissions, the company says.

In July the EPA proposed banning some HFCs in a move that the agency says would reduce GHG emissions by up to 42 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2020.

The HFC proposal follows an earlier action by the EPA to expand the list of climate-friendly alternatives for refrigeration and air conditioning under its SNAP Program. It’s also part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, announced last year.

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