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Transition to Advanced Formulation Blowing Agents in Foam Manufacturing and Use

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The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, is proposing updates to version 2.0 to the methodology entitled: Emission Reduction Measurement and Monitoring Methodology for the Transition to Advanced Formulation Blowing Agents in Foam Manufacturing and Use. The methodology was developed by Dentons US LLP and Foam Supplies, Inc. and is intended to stimulate innovation and accelerate a transition to low GWP blowing agents in these sectors more rapidly than would otherwise occur.

It is common for foam used in certain technologies to be produced using blowing agents that contain hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) which are released during foam manufacture, use, and at end-of-life. According to the EPA Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Sinks, industrial process emissions account for over 300 MMT CO2e/year, over half of which is from chemicals such as HFCs.

HFCs have relatively high global warming potentials and are also considered short-lived climate pollutants so mitigating emissions of HFC is important for limiting near term climate impacts. In fact, emissions of HFCs are considered one of the fastest growing sources of GHG emissions globally and there is currently no globally agreed phase out schedule for HFC consumption or production.

Alternatives to these HFC-based blowing agents are available but are not currently commonly used in certain segments of the foam manufacturing industry. The eligible sectors included in the methodology are as follows:

  • Extruded polystyrene boardstock
  • Two-component rigid polyurethane spray foam
  • Rigid polyurethane foam used in residential refrigerators and freezers
  • Rigid polyurethane injected foam used in the following sub-applications:
    • Marine flotation or buoyancy
    • Heating, Ventilation,  Air Conditioning and Air Handling Systems
    • Refrigerated Transport
    • Industrial Refrigeration Systems
    • Garage and entry doors

 

Methodology V2.0 proposes a new eligible foam application, Retail Food Refrigeration, which includes stand-alone refrigeration equipment and refrigerated food processing and dispensing equipment. This broad category has been shown to have very low adoption rates for low GWP foam blowing agents.   Additional changes to monitoring requirements in Section 5 are proposed to add flexibility in project design while maintaining rigor. Lastly, Appendix A is updated with new data for low GWP penetration rates  for all eligible foam applications through 2017.

Please send comments on proposed changes in V2.0 to by January 12, 2018.

Approved Versions

Process documentation

 

11. Fugitive emissions from industrial gases
Contents
File PDF document Public Comment version: Foam Blowing Agents
File PDF document Public Comments and Responses
File PDF document Scientific Peer Review Comments and Responses
File PDF document Transition to Advanced Formulation Blowing Agents in Foam Manufacturing and Use
File PDF document Forward Crediting Policy for Foam Blowing Agent Projects
File PDF document ACR Transition to Advanced Formula Blowing Agents
File PDF document Foam Blowing Agents v2.0 Public Comment draft
File PDF document Foam Blowing Agents v2.0 summary of changes

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