28 October 2021
Honeywell has announced that global adoption of its Solstice®low-global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerants, blowing agents and aerosols has avoided the potential release of the equivalent of more than 250 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equal to eliminating the potential emissions from more than 52 million cars per year.
Honeywell’s breakthrough Solstice® hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology, which helps customers lower their carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency without sacrificing end-product performance, is used in various applications, including refrigerants for supermarkets, air conditioning for cars and trucks, blowing agents for insulation, propellants for personal and household care and solvents for cleaning solutions. Honeywell has already invested a billion dollars in research, development, and new capacity for the technology, having anticipated the need for lower-GWP solutions to combat climate change more than a decade ago.
“The successful deployment of safe, lower GWP alternatives such as Solstice is critical to meet phasedown targets for higher-GWP materials that were agreed to in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol,” said George Koutsaftes, president, Honeywell Advanced Materials. “Honeywell will continue to support the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
“In Europe, buildings are responsible for 40 per cent of energy consumption and 36 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and almost half of the energy used in buildings is on heating and cooling,” added Koutsaftes. “The use of our Solstice ze solution in sustainable heat pump technology that replaces fossil-fuel based heating is an economical solution for customers to maximise energy savings and reduce carbon emissions.”
About half of Honeywell’s investment in new product introduction research and development is directed towards products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers, such as Solstice. This aligns with the company’s commitment to become carbon neutral in its facilities and operations by 2035, building on a track record to sharply reduce its greenhouse gas intensity and its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals.