October 15th Marks the 4th Anniversary of the HFC-Reducing Kigali Amendment

On October 15, 2016, the Kigali Amendment was enacted to virtually eliminate the use of global warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as foam blowing agents, refrigerants and other products. Today, just 4 years later, the amendment has been ratified by 100 countries – and the list continues to grow – proving without a doubt that the world is transitioning away from HFCs.

HFCs are greenhouse gases which can have high global warming potentials (GWPs), some more than 14,000. Under the amendment, most developed countries began reducing HFC use on January 1, 2019 and have committed to reductions of at least 40% by 2024, and later by 85%.

The worldwide market for products containing HFC-blown polyurethanes is shrinking quickly. And while the United States has yet to ratify the Kigali Amendment, there is bipartisan support to do so. If/when that happens, manufacturers still using HFC blowing agents will need to change quickly in order to maintain sales in the US.

The good news is that Ecomate® blowing agent technology is a proven, effective and available alternative to HFCs and is both affordable and easy to implement. It can be used in rigid foam systems (Ecofoam® and Ecomarine™), flexible and integral skin foams (Ecoflex™), spray foam (Ecospray®), hot and cold cast elastomers (Ecocast™) and more. Plus, Ecomate-based foam systems perform as well as or better than HFC-blown foams.

The implementation of the Kigali Amendment will definitely reduce or eliminate the demand for products that contain HFC blowing agents in most of the world – including key US trading partners like Canada and Mexico. To see a current list of countries that have ratified the Kigali Amendment, click here.

Foam Supplies, Inc. Gives Back to St. Louis Area Community

FSI presented Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas with a $40,000 grant to support life-changing wishes to St. Louis area children, including Harper’s wish to go to Hawaii.

More than $250,000 Donated to Charitable Organizations in 2019

ST. LOUIS — Jan. 26, 2020 — From their humble beginnings in 1972, Foam Supplies, Inc. (FSI), has grown to the world’s leading polyurethane systems house and they believe in sharing that success with the greater St. Louis community. In 2019, FSI donated more than $250,000 to area charitable organizations.

“Giving back to the community is an important part of our company culture,” says Todd Keske, CEO at Foam Supplies, Inc. “FSI is committed to making a lasting impact in the community where our employees and many of our customers call home.”

FSI focuses its giving toward organizations that address education, conservation and helping people battling illnesses and injuries. Here is a breakdown of the company’s 2019 charitable donation highlights:

Friends of St. Louis University (SLU) Liver Center

Friends of the SLU Liver Center received a donation to support basic and clinical research in the treatment for all types of liver disease.

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America received donations to support educational programs that build character, teach participatory citizenship and develop personal fitness.

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance/Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited and the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance received a donation to support the future of the Confluence, a unique 291,000-acre wetland system formed where the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers meet.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Missouri & Kansas received donations for local children battling critical illnesses.

Lutheran Association for Special Education

Lutheran Association for Special Education (LASE) received donations to provide Christian special education and related services to children with mild special learning needs in the context of a caring environment.

Brain Injury Association of Missouri

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri received a donation to provide information and support to individuals with brain injury and their families.

Wonders of Wildlife Foundation

The Wonders of Wildlife Foundation received a donation to help educate future conservation leaders by inspiring them to act as stewards of the land and water.

“At Foam Supplies, we hold some simple beliefs about life, giving back to the community and business that drive the decisions we make every day,” says Keske. “Investing in organizations in our hometown today helps prepare for a better future.”

For more information, visit https://foamsupplies.com/

Founded in 1972, Foam Supplies, Inc. (FSI) is the world’s leading polyurethane systems house. FSI has led the industry with innovative products that have paved the way for environmental responsibility and sustainability. FSI’s patented Ecomate® technology is the most tested and proven environmentally friendly blowing agent to a family of polyurethane foam systems on the market today. Ecomate has zero global warming potential, zero ozone depletion potential, and contains no volatile organic compounds. Based in Earth City, MO, FSI has two manufacturing facilities in the U.S., three international sites, distributors in 17 countries, and customers in 30+ industries worldwide. Industries served include automotive, boating & marine, commercial refrigeration, construction, HVAC, refrigerated transport and spray foam. Learn more at foamsupplies.com and ecomatetechnology.com.

Montana becomes 25th state to join the US Climate Alliance

Bipartisan Climate Alliance represents 55 percent of U.S. population and 60 percent of national GDP

Montana Governor Steve Bullock today issued an executive order to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. In his announcement, he stated, “Climate change is already impacting our way of life and our economy. How we choose to respond to the changes around us offers a pivotal opportunity to both safeguard our traditional strengths and diversify and grow new opportunities for our future. Like all difficult issues we tackle here in Montana, I know we can find a path forward by getting together, rolling up our sleeves, and focusing on the values we share in common.”

His announcement comes on the heels of the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Climate Alliance, formed on June 1, 2017 in response to President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. With Montana as its newest member, the Alliance represents 55 percent of the U.S. population, an $11.7 trillion economy, and 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The climate and clean energy policies of Alliance states have created over 1.7 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over 60 percent of all clean energy jobs in the United States.

By joining the Alliance, governors commit to:

  • Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025
  • Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement, and
  • Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.

In addition to joining the Alliance, Governor Steve Bullock ordered the creation of the Montana Climate Solutions Council, which will provide recommendations and strategies for the state to:

  • Develop a state Climate Solutions Plan that includes recommendations toward achieving long-term net greenhouse gas neutrality, with an interim goal of achieving net zero GHG emissions for average annual electric loads by 2035;
  • Work with the Montana University System to build resilience across the state; and
  • Advance technologies that support low and negative emissions while addressing the transition needs of communities through economic development and workforce strategies.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Steve Bullock’s announcement, stating that “In just over two years, the Alliance has grown from three governors to 25, sending a strong signal that state leaders across the country are continuing to rise to the climate change challenge and build bipartisan solutions that aim to make their states more resilient, equitable, and climate-friendly. We welcome Governor Bullock and Montana into the Alliance and applaud the efforts he outlined in today’s executive order. His vision for Montana will not only start to address the state’s largest source of GHG emissions but will also spur technological innovation and economic development in communities across the state.”

The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Hawaii | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Montana | Nevada | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Wisconsin

Delaware to eliminate HFCs to confront Climate Change

HCR 60 supports Governor Carney’s directive to create regulations

Governor John Carney has directed the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to propose regulations by March 2020 that will eliminate the use of dangerous hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in Delaware. HFCs are used as replacements for ozone-depleting substances in air conditioning, refrigeration, foam-blowing, solvents, and aerosols, but they are significantly more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to climate change.

Representative Debra Heffernan, Senator Nicole Poore, and Senator Stephanie Hansen introduced House Concurrent Resolution 60supporting the regulations, joining Governor Carney to confront the impact of HFCs on climate change in our state and region:

“Delaware is already feeling the effects of climate change. We are the lowest-lying state in the country, and our sea level is rising at twice the global average. This is a real threat that we need to confront together, and it’s not just about the environmental impact in our state. Any changes in weather patterns jeopardize Delaware’s $8 billion agricultural industry and our $3.4 billion tourism economy. For the sake of our economy and our environment, it’s crucial we continue to address climate change with urgency,” said Governor Carney. “As Delaware continues our fight against climate change, my administration is moving toward eliminating hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as an increasingly harmful element to our state and our environment. HFCs are growing in the atmosphere at a rate of 8 percent a year and can be hundreds of times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to climate change. That’s why I have directed the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to begin developing regulations that address HFC use in Delaware. We’re proud to have the support of members of the General Assembly in this effort, and I want to thank Representative Heffernan, Senator Poore, and Senator Hansen for their partnership on this issue.”

“We see the impacts of climate change nearly every single day, with stifling air pollution, rising flood waters and unpredictable, severe weather and climate events. When we have a chance to stand strong and combat this global threat head-on, we need to take it,” said Representative Debra Heffernan, the prime sponsor of HCR 60. “Man-made hydrofluorocarbons are damaging to our environment and quality of life, and they need to be regulated. I’m proud to stand with Governor Carney and DNREC on this issue, and work toward guidelines to regulate the production and consumption of this extremely dangerous substance for the benefit of all Delawareans.”

“Protecting the health of every Delawarean is incredibly important to all of us and that includes the impact we are having on our environment,” said Senator Nicole Poore. “As a small state, we can’t reverse climate change alone. But we are eager to join with our neighbors to take a collective approach to improving our air quality and reversing sea level rise. Working together, we can make a real difference and this resolution is one, small step in the right direction.”

“When it comes to battling climate change, we must explore every tool available to us,” said Senator Stephanie Hansen. “HFCs were once hailed as more environmentally-friendly alternatives but new technologies being developed across the country and here in Delaware will allow us to further reduce the negative impact that these types of substances can have on our world. That’s an opportunity we must embrace and I look forward to working with DNREC once these regulations are developed.”