The Environmental Protection Agency has been taking major steps to protect the climate, enacting important “green” regulations impacting the life science, healthcare, and research sectors.
Most notably for the refrigeration industry, today’s standard refrigerants, such as R134a, will no longer be approved, replaced by alternatives posing much lower risk to our climate.
Keep reading to find out how K2 is on the cutting edge of adhering to these policies.
What is SNAP?
The SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy) by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) researches, identifies, and promotes alternatives to the polluting and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) commonly used in the refrigeration industry. Through this policy, under the Clean Air Act, and as part of the ongoing negations of the Montreal Protocol, the EPA has set new restrictions for refrigerants used in the laboratory cold storage equipment industry, setting a standard for green energy and demonstrating a continued commitment to protecting public health and the environment.
The EPA rigorously evaluates atmospheric effects, exposure assessments, toxicity, flammability, and other environmental impacts to evaluate and decision alternative substitutes to mainstream products. The resulting decisions identify and evaluate substitutes which lower overall risk to human and environmental health through their improved ozone depletion potential (ODP), global warming potential (GWP), air quality, ecosystem effects, consumer health and safety, with decreased toxicity and flammability.
Why was the SNAP program created?
Current refrigeration systems are equipped with Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) or other substitutes, which are much more potent than Carbon Dioxide or other greenhouse gases. The new approved refrigerants are more cost-effective, better for the environment, and have superior performance. They are the most efficient, safest, and environmentally friendly refrigerants available.
In comparison, all-natural, non-toxic Hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants, such as those utilized by K2, have no direct effect on the ozone, with reduced emissions (via lowered leak rates and repair frequency), and additionally, have a much greater ability to absorb heat – resulting in quicker cooling and temperature recovery times for reduced operating expenditures.
How does this program matter to you?
According to the latest releases from the EPA, many of the most common currently used refrigerants will be listed as unacceptable. R134a (most frequently used in today’s units) will be delisted, R600a, R290, R441A are approved.
The EPA is focused on the phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances as per the Montreal Protocol schedule, but has accelerated phaseout in the United States under the authority of the Clean Air Act.
K2’s clients benefit from our adherence to regulatory policy, buy with confidence that any units purchased today will be in compliance with mandated regulation. Furthermore, the cost benefits of making the switch to the EPA SNAP approved refrigerants now will negate the necessity of converting at a future date and provide upfront savings in operational expenses.
K2 is the solution.
All of K2’s cabinets are manufactured with refrigerants approved by the EPA and SNAP program, at no additional cost to you. Our units have undergone significant quality assurance testing and are UL listed leveraging these EPA SNAP approved refrigerants. Buy with confidence that any K2 unit you purchase will be in compliance with EPA standards and future published schedules for many years to come.
Not only are these HC coolants meaningfully more advantageous to our climate, but K2’s units have significantly less energy consumption compared to the comparable products using HFC refrigerants, resulting in lower operating costs for you.