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Effective, sustainable chemistries for an increasingly-regulated world


In the mid-1990s, an international environmental treaty known as the Montreal Protocol mandated the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs), such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochrolorfluorcarbons (HCFCs) and halons. Used in applications ranging from refrigeration and precision cleaning to fire protection, these materials had been industry mainstays for years, and news of their impending phaseout sent users scrambling for alternatives.

It was in response to the need for viable ODS replacement chemistries that the first 3M™ Novec™ Products were born. Today, as the focus of international regulatory activity has shifted to global warming and other issues affecting worker health, safety and the environment, the expanding line of Novec products continues to offer effective, sustainable solutions in a wide range of industrial applications.

Following is a summary of the key regulatory compliance issues that Novec products are helping to address – while still providing the level of performance you need to stay competitive.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluids

From its initial development, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid was designed to address the global demand for a halon or CO2 replacement that is safe, effective and not subject to current or anticipated regulatory restrictions, nor scheduled or targeted for future phaseout. With zero ozone depletion potential, short atmospheric lifetime and a global warming potential of 1, Novec 1230 fluid has proven to be the first chemical clean agent halon replacement to offer a viable, long-term, sustainable solution.

In recent years, growing concerns about climate change have led to increasing regulatory scrutiny of first-generation clean agents that have high global warming potentials. These so-called "greenhouse gases" include several conventional halon replacements, such as HFCs.

Under the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements, more and more industrialized nations have committed to reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere. Although the use of HFCs in applications such as fire protection and heat transfer is allowed today, there is growing concern about their future viability, as regulators look for industries and applications where alternatives exist to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, without harming economic growth. Ultimately, a growing number of end-users are concluding that long-term economics – as well as good stewardship – favor the use of sustainable technologies, such as Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

Novec 1230 fluid complies with chemical notification requirements in the following regions:

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Regulatory Status
USA TSCA: product complies with chemical notification requirements
SNAP: approved for flooding (12/20/02) and streaming (1/23/03)
Europe ELINCS: product complies with chemical notification requirements
Canada CDSL: product complies with chemical notification requirements
Korea KECI: product complies with chemical notification requirements
Australia AICS: product complies with chemical notification requirements
Japan METI: product complies with chemical notification requirements
China CICS: product complies with the chemical notification requirements

Novec 1230 fluid, and fire protection systems designed for its application, have been listed and approved by a number of governmental and industry regulatory authorities around the world. Review a complete listing of Novec 1230 Approvals.

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