Ken Gayer, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Fluorine Products, has congratulated the Parties to the Montreal Protocol for passing the groundbreaking amendment to phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). He said in a statement, “The amendment is one of the most significant steps the world can take now to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. HFCs have high global warming potentials (GWP). For example, 134a, the commonly used automobile refrigerant, has a GWP of 1,300. The hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) replacement for 134a, HFO-1234yf, has a GWP below that of CO2. HFO alternatives to HFCs could help avoid up to 0.5°C of warming by the end of the century. “Honeywell has developed and is producing HFO alternatives under its Solstice® product line. We are investing nearly $900 million in R&D and new capacity, and have formed strategic commercial partnerships, to provide solutions to help countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In India, we have entered into a supply agreement and technology license with Navin Fluorine International Ltd. to produce Honeywell Solstice® yf, an automobile refrigerant with a GWP of less than 1.”
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