New York, US -- As part of its schedule to encourage a faster schedule for replacement of environmentally damaging HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons, specifically HCFC 141b), the executive committee of the Montreal Protocol has approved a project to validate and promote the use of methyl formate as a non-ODP (ozone depleting) and low-GWP (global warming potential) blowing agent in polyurethane foam.
A seminar, to be held 23-24 March 2010 in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, will present the results of such work, both in Brazil (for 16 uses in rigid and flexible foams) and in Mexico (for the shoe sole sector).
The results presented will analyse technical aspects related to security, health, specification of formulas and physical properties, and economic aspects, such as cost and feasibility of implementation, a recent statement from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said.
The seminar will be focused on stakeholders directly involved in activities related to the production of PU systems and projects sponsored by the UNDP's Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol (MLF), for assessing replacement of HCFCs, such as:
• System houses which currently pre-blend HCFC-141b PU Systems;
• Large PU producers that blend HCFC-141b in house;
• Manufacturers of PU injection equipment;
• Local associations of system houses and PU producers; and
• Technological institutes, experts and consultants.
The programme will cover:
• Brazilian actions in HCFC phase-out;
•The role of the MLF in the HCFC Phase-out programme;
• Free-ODP alternatives to the HCFCs need to validate new technologies;
• Use of methyl formate in PU applications;
• Presentation of the final report of the pilot project;
• Case Studies; and
• A panel discussion.
The Montreal Protocol recently defined a new schedule for HCFC phase-out and urged parties to promote the use of HCFC alternatives that minimise environmental impact, in particular ones that relate to climate change, as well as other aspects concerning health, security and economics.
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