Honeywell’s new Solstice® refrigerants, insulation materials, aerosols, propellants and solvents all receive this important designation
TOKYO, June 05, 2015 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its Solstice® line of refrigerants, insulation materials, aerosols, propellants and solvents have been designated as “Non-Flon,” an important environmental designation in Japan that excludes these products from a new environmental regulation due to their low global warming potentials (GWPs).
The regulation, called the Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons, was enacted in April and mandates stricter controls and the phase down of certain high global-warming-potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Honeywell’s Solstice products are based on hydrofluroolefins (HFOs) and received a “Non-Flon” designation from Japan’s Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), meaning they are not subject to regulation under the Act. Honeywell’s HFOs join hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide in the “Non-Flon” category.
“Honeywell is proud to help Japan drive actions that will prevent global warming. The environmental superiority of our Solstice products has enabled this ‘Non-Flon’ designation, which will help drive their adoption in Japan,” said Katsuyuki Takise, Asia business director for Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business. “We are committed to working with our customers to help achieve Japan’s aggressive HFC phasedown targets.”
According to Japan Ministry of Environment, Japan emitted 31.8 million tons of HFCs in CO2 equivalents in 2013, an increase of 9.2 percent since 2012 and 99.4 percent since 1990. The largest HFCs emission source was refrigerants for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, which accounted for 90 percent of Japan’s HFC emissions.
Honeywell’s Solstice products are fully marketed and supplied in Japan. They have extremely low GWPs – either equal to or less than carbon dioxide – and are alternatives to HFCs that are energy-efficient, safe to use, non-ozone-depleting and have a minimal global warming profile.
Honeywell’s “Non-Flon” products include Solstice yf for automobile air conditioning, which has a GWP of less than 1, lower than carbon dioxide; Solstice Propellant for aerosol applications, which has a GWP of less than 1, 99.9 percent lower than the GWP of HFC-134a; Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent and Gas Blowing Agent, which have GWPs of 1 and less than 1, respectively, which is 99.9 percent lower than the HFCs they replace in insulating foam applications; and Solstice Performance Fluid, which has a GWP of 1, for use as an industrial solvent.
Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business is 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 (www.uop.com) 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 (www.honeywellprocess.com) 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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