Honeywell Partners With Japanese Manufacturer To Further Increase Supply For
New, Environmentally Preferable Automobile Refrigerant
Asahi Glass will produce HFO-1234yf for Honeywell to meet increased demand for
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Jan. 23, 2014
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Honeywell (NYSE: HON)
announced today that it has entered into a supply agreement with Asahi Glass
Company Ltd. (AGC) to increase production for HFO-1234yf, a new refrigerant
for automobiles with a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1. This GWP
is 99.9 percent lower than that of the current refrigerant in use, HFC-134a,
and even lower than the GWP of carbon dioxide.
AGC will manufacture HFO-1234yf in Japan, and Honeywell will market the
product to customers in the U.S, Europe and Asia. Under the agreement, AGC's
production is expected to begin in mid-2015.
"Honeywell's supply agreement with AGC will help us meet immediate demand for
HFO-1234yf, which is steadily increasing in response to concerns about
greenhouse gas emissions and the need to comply with regulations," said Ken
Gayer, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Fluorine Products. "We
continue to work with our customers to anticipate long-term demand, which will
be met by a new high-volume manufacturing plant we will build in Geismar,
Louisiana. Manufacturing locations in both the U.S. and Asia will provide
automotive customers with improved supply chain reliability and security."
Last month, Honeywell announced that the company and its suppliers would
invest about $300 million to increase capacity for HFO-1234yf, including
building a new manufacturing plant for the refrigerant at Honeywell's existing
Geismar location. The plant will use new process technology and is expected to
be fully operational in 2016. The exact size of the plant will depend on
supply agreements that Honeywell is putting in place with major customers.
HFO-1234yf is being implemented by automakers in part to meet the EU MAC
Directive, a landmark piece of legislation that aims to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions of air-conditioning systems in passenger cars and light commercial
vehicles. The directive requires that refrigerants in all new vehicle types
sold in Europe after Jan. 1, 2013, have a global-warming potential (GWP) below
GWP is a relative measure of how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the
atmosphere, with carbon dioxide setting the comparison with a GWP of 1.
HFO-1234yf offers a GWP that is less than 1, giving it even less of an
environmental impact than carbon dioxide. (See "Comparison of Greenhouse
Impact" table below.)
All cars sold in Europe after 2017 must meet the new GWP requirement of less
than 150. HFO-1234yf, with a GWP below 1, not only meets this requirement but
is more than 99 percent below the new, stricter regulation.
Automakers in the U.S. are also adopting HFO-1234yf to help comply with
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and vehicle greenhouse gas standards,
which aim to improve the average fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas
emissions associated with cars and light trucks. Because HFO-1234yf has an
extremely low environmental impact (a GWP of less than 1 compared with a GWP
of 1,300 for the current refrigerant, HFC-134a), the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) allows automakers to receive credits for using
Nearly half a million cars are on the road today safely using HFO-1234yf, and
by the end of 2014, the number of vehicles is expected to exceed 2 million.
Third-party data shows that HFO-1234yf's widespread adoption globally would
have the greenhouse gas equivalent of permanently removing more than 30
million cars from the road worldwide, or about 3 percent of the total global
HFO-1234yf has the proven ability to perform as an effective automotive
refrigerant in all regions of the world, and Honeywell continues to develop a
global infrastructure to support its global customer base.
For more information on HFO-1234yf, please visit www.1234facts.com.
Comparison of Greenhouse Impact: HFO-1234yf vs. HFC-134a vs. CO2
Atmospheric Global Warming Fuel Efficiency (compared with
Refrigerant Lifetime HFC-134a)
HFO-1234yf 10.5 days Less than 1 Same
HFC-134a 13.4 years 1,300 Same
Worse (adoption of CO2 as a
refrigerant in Europe alone would
Ranges from 5 to result in annual consumption
CO2 200 years 1 increase of 3 billion liters of
fuel at a cost of more than 4
billion Euros to European car
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