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Chemical Companies Investing Millions as Countries Agree to Phase Out HFC Gases

Chemical companies including Honeywell and Chemours are scaling up efforts to make low global warming coolants used in air-conditioners and refrigerators, following a global deal to phase down super-polluting hydrofluorocarbon gases.

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Major Companies Phase Out HFCs as Montreal Protocol Meeting Kicks Off

Man-made greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — and how to phase down their use in commercial refrigeration and other equipment — will be the topic of the Montreal Protocol meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this week. The EPA says HFCs can be up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. … Read more »

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Grocery Stores Slash Emissions with Honeywell’s Low Global Warming Refrigerant

Festival Foods, one of the largest independent grocery store chains in the US Midwest, is the first supermarket chain to build a new store with refrigeration equipment designed to run Honeywell’s reduced-global-warming refrigerant, Solstice N40 (R-448A). This will lower the store’s emissions as well as its electricity bills. Festival Foods … Read more »

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Trader Joe’s to Pay $2 Million to Reduce Coolant Leaks, Curb GHG Emissions

Grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has agreed to spend $2 million to reduce coolant leaks from refrigerators at 453 of its stores to settle federal claims that it violated the Clean Air Act. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty under the proposed settlement with the US Department … Read more »

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HFC Refrigerants Phase-Down Is Coming. Is Your Company Prepared?

Carbon dioxide emissions aren’t the only greenhouse gases that corporations need to address when considering how to close the emissions gap and keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are greenhouse gases that the EPA says can be up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide and … Read more »

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EPA Rules Target Refrigerants’ Emissions

The EPA yesterday announced several new actions that aim to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The agency proposed a rule that would improve the way refrigerant is sold, handled, recovered and recycled. The proposal would strengthen the existing requirements for handling … Read more »

BASF’s Marine Flotation System Has Zero Ozone Depletion, Ultra-Low Global Warming Potential

BASF’s Marine Flotation System Has Zero Ozone Depletion, Ultra-Low Global Warming Potential

BASF’s two new Autofroth Marine polyurethane systems’ foam performance keep boats afloat and have a low environmental impact with zero ozone depletion potential and ultra-low global warming potential of 1, which is 1,400 less than current hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) 134a based systems. The two new systems are: Autofroth Marine 88-B-1502 Resin/ … Read more »

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Honeywell Refrigerant Approved for Use in Supermarkets Ahead of EPA Regulations

Honeywell’s Solstice N40 (R-448A) refrigerant has been approved for use by the EPA in applications ranging from stand-alone refrigeration systems to commercial refrigeration. The EPA has also broadened approvals for the company’s Solstice N13 (R-450A) refrigerant, allowing it to be used in new vending machine applications. The EPA approved the new … Read more »

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Supermarkets Failing to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

US retailers such as Walmart, Publix and Safeway are doing little to meet public commitments to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), according to an Environmental Investigation Agency report. HFCs are some of the most potent greenhouse gases, used most commonly in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Beyond the Dirty Dozen, a … Read more »

Recycling HFCs ‘Can Eliminate Billions of Tons of GHGs’

If 30 percent of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) refrigerants are reclaimed for re-use by 2040, approximately 18 billion metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent would be prevented from reaching the atmosphere over the next 25 years, according to a white paper released by EOS Climate. HFCs are powerful greenhouse gases when released to … Read more »

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 … Read more »

M&S Not Acting Fast Enough to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

M&S Not Acting Fast Enough to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

Marks & Spencer isn’t acting fast enough to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — a major source of GHG emissions — from its refrigerators and install fitted doors on them, according to a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency. The London-based group, in its annual Chilling Facts report, labels other UK … Read more »