With the ever-changing regulatory and political landscape, it can be difficult to keep up with the current state of the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown under the Montreal Protocol. Late last year at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, Rwanda, nearly 200 nations approved the timetable to phasedown high global warming potential (GWP) HFCs. Known as the Kigali Amendment, this agreement clearly defines the international phasedown paths for HFC production and use.
UNEP’s Kigali Amendment Fact Sheet (PDF, 998.21 KB) provides a comprehensive summary of the HFC phasedown, making it a great resource for fire suppression specifiers and end-users moving away from legacy high GWP HFCs like FM-200™ and ECARO-25®.
The recent actions of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol make it clear that time has run out for high GWP HFCs and industries around the world have already adapted more sustainable alternatives. For fire suppression, there are viable, high performing low GWP alternatives available today, including 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid that has a GWP of less than 1. That means by switching from an HFC to Novec 1230 fluid, greenhouse gases in fire suppression can be reduced by more than 99 percent.
Not all clean agents are the same. Learn how 3M Novec 1230 fluid compares to FM-200™ (PDF, 173.97 KB) and ECARO-25® (PDF, 177.12 KB).
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