New Auto Refrigerant, Clean Diesel, and Natural Gas are Hot Topics in Debates Over Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions - Energy Minute for February 1, 2013

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New Auto Refrigerant, Clean Diesel, and Natural Gas are Hot Topics in Debates Over Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions - Energy Minute for February 1, 2013

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Friday, February 1, 2013 - 10:45am

Honeywell will supply automakers with a new refrigerant that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The new coolant, HFO-1234yf, offers a 99 percent improvement in lowering global warming over the previously used auto refrigerant, HFC-134a. The change is being driven by the European Union’s Mobile Air Conditioning Directive, that took effect on January 1 of this year, and that aims to reduce emissions of specific fluorinated greenhouse gases in the air-conditioning systems of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

The Leonardo Academy has been awarded a $1.6 million grant by the EPA to implement clean diesel projects. The Academy will partner with trucking companies, public transit fleets, school bus operators, construction companies, and airline ground fleets on a range of projects to reduce diesel emissions. Leonardo Academy’s award will affect an estimated 50 diesel engines in EPA Region 5, the Upper Midwest. Since 2008, the EPA has funded 60,000 pieces of clean diesel technology through the National Clean Diesel Campaign.

Huntsman has joined with a group of U.S. manufacturers to oppose proposals that would permit the unlimited export of American natural gas. The coalition, America’s Energy Advantage, supports energy policies to use America’s newly developed low cost natural gas to encourage new investment in U.S. manufacturing and related industries and services. Huntsman is among a number of companies planning to expand its operations at home due to a stable supply of domestic, lower cost natural gas. The company has committed $150 million in investment to new projects in this country, and is evaluating additional projects in the U. S. valued at $250 million.

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