Honeywell's Low-Global-Warming Refrigerant for Vehicles Approved for Import,
Use by Japan Regulators
Significant step taken in commercialization of HFO-1234yf as global
solution to meet new regulation
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Aug. 4, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced
today that its new low-global-warming-potential refrigerant for mobile air
conditioning can be imported and used in Japan, a significant step toward
global adoption of the new refrigerant.
HFO-1234yf has been reviewed by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and
Welfare (MHLW); the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); and the
Ministry of the Environment (ME) in accordance with the Chemical Substances
Control Law. Following these reviews, the Japan government decided that the
refrigerant can be imported into Japan without volume or use restrictions and
that no special controls or special monitoring are required.
“This approval from Japanese regulators moves forward the global adoption of
HFO-1234yf, and is a significant step in the effort to limit greenhouse gas
emissions from mobile air conditioning systems,” said David Diggs, global
business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “HFO-1234yf is a near
drop-in replacement for the current refrigerant and offers proven performance
in climates around the world.”
Japan’s Chemical Substances Control Law mandates the evaluation of new chemical
substances before they are manufactured or imported to Japan.
Honeywell developed HFO-1234yf in response to the European Union’s Mobile Air
Conditioning Directive, which requires that all new vehicles produced starting
in 2011 use a refrigerant with a global warming potential (GWP) below 150.
Current mobile air conditioning systems use HFC-134a, a refrigerant with a GWP
of 1,300. HFO-1234yf has a GWP of only 4. This new refrigerant is part of a
larger platform of low-GWP refrigerants and blowing agents that Honeywell is
HFO-1234yf has undergone significant testing for safety and efficacy by
independent testing groups, including the SAE International Cooperative
Research Program, which comprises leading automakers. The SAE testing found
HFO-1234yf to offer “superior environmental performance” to CO2, an alternative
refrigerant, while having “the lowest risk for use in mobile air conditioning
systems in meeting environmental and consumer needs.”
For more information on HFO-1234yf, visit www.1234facts.com.
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