EPA Talks Fire, ODS and HFCs — An Agenda

Date: March 5, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST*
Location: 1310 L Street NW
Room 152
Washington DC 20005

The purpose of this sector workshop was to foster dialogue between stakeholders and EPA and discuss information on the current and future use of various alternatives in fire protection applications.


1. Welcome & Introductions

2. Background

a. Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program

b. President’s Climate Action Plan

c. Vintaging Model

3. Discussion Questions:

a. The SNAP program continues to receive submissions across various sectors. SNAP has received a few fire protection agent submissions and has acted on others in the past several years. Are new substitutes anticipated for fire protection applications?

b. What benefits have you seen from transitions? Decreased cost? Reduced/avoided emissions? Better performance?

c. What are barriers to adoption of safer alternatives?

  • What transition times are needed to adopt alternatives?
  • What end uses will require continued servicing and for how long?

d. Can your company or trade association share additional data to inform our understanding of the fire sector?

  • What are current industry equipment leak rates and how have these changed from existing to new equipment and applications?
  • What should we assume regarding emissions associated with fire equipment manufacture or disposal (currently we don’t include any emissions in our modeling)?
  • Can industry share information on the agents in use today? Available industry data on amounts/annual sales by agent?

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