Monday, December 11, 2017

Honeywell supports EPA proposed HFCs bans

Honeywell publicly declared its support today for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations on the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are commonly used in refrigerants, aerosols and foam insulation blowing agents.

"Honeywell applauds the EPA on their landmark action to restrict the use of high-global-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are among the most potent greenhouse gases in use today,” Ken Gayer, vice president and general manager of Honeywell's Fluorine Products Business, said. “The EPA's action will accelerate the adoption of solutions with far less impact on the atmosphere while also spurring private sector innovation and creating jobs."

By the EPA’s estimates, its ban on certain common uses of HFCs will see substantial drops in emissions in 2025, eliminating between 54 to 64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. These numbers are significant, representing the carbon dioxide generated by the annual electricity needs of more than 5.8 million homes, but regulation also would be important for its ability to spark innovations in substitute technologies.

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