Jeannine Sohayda

Pesticide Manufacturers Can Now Choose High-Performance Solstice® Propellant With Ultra-Low Global-Warming-Potential

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., Nov. 30, 2015 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a food tolerance exemption for Honeywell’s ultra-low global-warming-potential (GWP) Solstice® Propellant (HFO-1234ze(E)). EPA gave final approval under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

The exemption means that Solstice Propellant can be used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations for applications including

  • Growing crops
  • Grain storage
  • Pesticides for animal uses
  • Antimicrobial pesticide formulations for food-contact surface sanitizing solutions

“This exemption means that manufacturers and marketers of pesticides and other products that use aerosol propellants in the food chain now have even greater flexibility to formulate high-performance products with our ultra-low GWP propellant,” said David Cooper, business director, Industrial Products for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “We look forward to working with the industries that depend on high-performance propellants to help increase food safety and further improve their environmental profile.”

Solstice Propellant has a GWP of less than 1, which is 99.9% lower than HFC-134a (GWP=1300), and lower than carbon dioxide. It has been noted that completely eliminating HFC-134a in aerosol applications would save 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents or more per year in addition to what EPA has already targeted through EPA’s recent regulatory changes under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This is equivalent to eliminating the CO2 emissions from about 7 million barrels of oil, about a third of the oil consumed by the U.S. each day.

Solstice Propellant is nonflammable per ASTM E-681 and ISO 10156:2010, and is non-ozone-depleting. It is not a volatile organic compound (VOC), as determined by EPA and the California Air Resource Board (CARB). Honeywell announced earlier in 2015 that it is now supplying Solstice Propellant to global aerosol manufacturers from its world-scale manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge, La.

In addition to Solstice Propellant, Honeywell’s family of Solstice-branded products includes stationary and mobile refrigerants, gaseous and liquid blowing agents, and solvents based on Honeywell’s new hydrofluoro-olefin technology that helps customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end-product performance.

The products have been developed and are being commercialized by Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business, a leader in the manufacture and supply of non-ozone-depleting refrigerants used by top air-conditioning and refrigeration makers worldwide, and blowing agents for energy-efficient foam insulation, as well as hydrofluoric acid and precursors for nuclear fuel.

Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) is a global leader in developing advanced materials, process technologies and automation solutions. PMT’s Advanced Materials businesses manufacture a wide variety of high-performance products, including environmentally friendlier refrigerants and materials used to manufacture end products such as bullet-resistant armor, nylon, computer chips and pharmaceutical packaging. Process technologies developed by PMT’s UOP business ( form the foundation for most of the world’s refiners, efficiently producing gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals and renewable fuels. PMT’s Process Solutions business ( is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, industrial power generation, chemicals and petrochemicals, biofuels, life sciences, and metals, minerals and mining industries.
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