eeting the twin imperatives of globaleconomic growth and sustainability is ahuge challenge for all of us. As we surveythe environmental landscape, it is clearthat tackling climate change remains the most pressingissue of the modern era - one that requires technologicalsolutions that are effective, scalable and affordable,solutions such as those being developed by Honeywell,a global corporation with human innovation at its core. As delegates gather in Durban for COP17, it is right toask what role technology companies such asHoneywell can play, not just in developing the sciencethat will help reduce greenhouse gases, but in ensuringthat solutions can be implemented around the world.In recent times, there have been some significantpolicy framework developments that should aid theoutreach of technology, notably in laying thefoundation for "operationalising'" the TechnologyMechanism in 2012. This Mechanism, established at the UN Climate ChangeConference in Cancun in December 2010, was part of aset of institutions launched to protect the vulnerablefrom climate change and to deploy the money andtechnology needed by developing countries. It willoperate through the Technology Executive Committeeand the Climate Technology Centre and Network, with a view to sharpening the focus, stepping up the paceand expanding the scope of environmentally-soundtechnology development and transfer.At Honeywell Speciality Materials, we are inventingand applying technologies in tune with the needs forenvironmentally friendlier offerings. We deliver high-performance specialty materials in a broad set ofmarkets and products ranging from refining andpetrochemical production and next-generationbiofuels to ballistic protection and environmentallyfriendlier refrigerants, blowing agents and solvents.CREATING A LOW-CARBON FUTUREHoneywell's business that covers Fluorine Products isfocused not just on low-carbon solutions but oncreating technologies that are near drop-inreplacements for existing fluids and propellants. Thisapproach not only leverages environmental benefits, italso enables easy and more cost-effective adoptionacross industries and across Continents. To us, this equates to doing the right thing and takingthe right steps to create an energy efficient,environmentally compliant, safe and cost effectivefuture -helping governments, industry and commercetransition to new low global warming (LGWP) productsthat meet future regulations and reduce GHG emissions. For example, when the EU called for a moreenvironmentally friendly refrigerant for cars, Honeywellsucceeded in developing a new air conditioningrefrigerant. As a result, not only did we exceed thegoals set politically, we found a long-term, global andenergy-efficient solution - Solstice TM1234yf, a mobilerefrigerant with a GWP100 of only 4, which is 97 percent lower than the mandate of less than 150 (fromJanuary 2011). It is also 99.7 per cent better than theexisting refrigerant (R134a), as well as being a neardrop-in replacement. Solstice 1234yf has an atmospheric lifetime of only11 days, compared to 13 years for R134a and morethan 500 years for CO2. Unlike HFCs and CFCs, whichtake decades to decompose, Solstice 1234yf does notpersist in the atmosphere. With more than 90 millionHARNESSING THE POWEROFHUMAN INNOVATION062INNOVATION TECHNOLOGYPAUL SANDERS, MANAGING DIRECTOR, HONEYWELL FLUORINE PRODUCTS, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA AND INDIAM
INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY063Above: Paul Sanders is Managing Director, HoneywellFluorine Productslight vehicles expected to be built per year by 2019,this product is destined to become a significantcontributor to global climate protection.SHARING THE BENEFITS OFTECHNOLOGYAutomotive is just one of the industries experiencingthe benefits of Honeywell innovation. Supermarkets,for example, are under intense scrutiny to improveenvironmental impact and sustainability. Honeywell has responded by developing a new refrigerant blend -Genetron®PerformaxTMLT - which is deliveringoutstanding results across key metrics linked to energy efficiency, carbon footprint reduction andrunning costs.In a recent field test - completed with one of theforemost supermarket chains in the UK - the newrefrigerant was assessed against the commonly-usedR-404A and R-407A. Genetron Performax LTdelivered impressive results: up to 15 per cent savingsin system energy bills, up to 40 per cent reduction insystem CO2 emissions and up to 10 per centimprovements in system running costs.GLOBAL INDUSTRIESMeanwhile, in the construction sector, Honeywell'sSolstice Gas Blowing Agent will be a good andenvironmentally friendly blowing agent for one-component foam, which is used to fill gaps around doorsand windows - reducing air leakage and energy usage. Solstice Gas Blowing Agent is also an improvedpropellant in aerosol applications that includecleaners, warning systems, marine navigation andnovelties, meeting European F-gas regulations, whichlimit the use of certain fluorinated gases. It can also beused in dusters and defluxing products for electronics,in tire inflators, topical anaesthetics and degreasers. What makes this material so valuable is its GWP of justsix, which is 96 per cent below the European GWPregulated threshold of 150 for certain aerosolapplications. Recently, Honeywell launched a newSolstice Liquid Blowing Agent. With a GWP of 7, itswidespread adoption could save about 60 millionmetric tonnes per year of CO2 equivalent, comparableto eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from morethan 11.8 million cars every year. The energy efficiency benefits of Solstice LiquidBlowing Agent, combined with its low GWP and safetyin use, make it the right choice as a replacement forHCFC-141b for use as a foam insulation blowing agentand can improve the energy performance of foamsmade with less energy efficient hydrocarbons.In addition, Honeywell have commercialised SolsticeGas Blowing Agent for use as a non-flammable lowGWP energy efficient blowing agent for ExtrudedPolystyrene insulation boards, enabling a significantimprovement on thermal performance versus commonalternatives such as CO2 or Hydrocarbons and can beused to replace HCFC-142b and HCFC-22 still used inthis industry in the developing world.In the energy arena, Honeywell innovation is helpingcompanies and organisations implement OrganicRankine Cycle (ORC) systems as a means both ofimproving productivity and reducing their CO2footprint. ORC systems help convert low temperatureheat to energy by generating electricity from renewableand waste heat sources, offsetting grid consumptionand reducing CO2. These are just a few examples of how the power ofhuman innovation at Honeywell is deliveringtechnologies that can improve energy efficiency,reduce greenhouse gases and enhance the way welive. By working together, we can achieve the sharedgoals of economic success, tread more lightly on theplanet and create a sustainable future for all thepeoples of the world. nABOUT THE AUTHORPaul Sanders joined Honeywell in 2006 as MarketingManager for Foam and Specialties business inEurope, Middle East and Africa and India. In 2009,Mr Sanders was named Managing Director forHoneywell Fluorines Products Europe, Middle East,Africa and India. He is, therefore, responsible for allcommercial activities in refrigerants, foams andaerosols businesses.