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As businesses step up on meeting ESG targets and cutting carbon emissions, we’re seeing a noticeable increase in clients asking us to look at ways to help them meet their sustainability goals. When scrutinising every process throughout the supply chain, what many manufacturers are coming to realise, is that changing the chemicals in their cleaning processes can significantly reduce carbon footprint.

On a most basic level, a simple switch can significantly reduce energy usage, without affecting cleanliness levels. In fact, in many cases, reconsidering cleaning solutions can deliver higher quality results, while also minimising time, cost, and crucially, the organisation’s environmental impact…

Energy usage aside, reviewing cleaning solvents should be a priority when looking to reduce emissions. Historically, cleaning solvents were notorious for having very high global warming potential (GWP) and had seriously detrimental effects on the atmosphere. However, while many businesses would think they were doing the best thing from an environmental perspective by using an aqueous solution over a solvent, this is not always the case. The new generation of solvents have been developed specifically with the environment in mind and are far less harmful than comparable solutions.

For those who don’t know the science behind it, GWP is one of the methods for measuring the impact a gas will have on the atmosphere, and represents the equivalent of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere (1kg of C02 = a GWP of 1). For companies manufacturing gases, and for those purchasing and using them, keeping the GWP as low as possible is critical when it comes to managing environmental impact.

How can Fraser Technologies help?

We are committed to playing our part to minimise any negative impact on the environment, so we constantly strive to ensure we only offer the most advanced and sustainable products on the market. One product that we regularly recommend to our clients is Opteon™ SF80 from Chemours. SF80 has an ultralow GWP of less than 2.5, unlike common F-gas solvents that can have a GWP of up to 11,000. SF80 is just as effective as these damaging competitor products – and in many cases can be even more efficient – so changing from an F-gas solvent to SF80 can have a huge impact on helping to lower carbon emissions, and it can improve the cleaning process and save money in the process.

We’re proud to have helped many of our clients switch to lower GWP solvents, resulting in proven emissions reductions and cost savings. One of our aerospace manufacturer clients is a perfect example of this. We were approached by a leading manufacturer to find an alternative to the high-GWP solvent they were using in a bid to lower their emissions and improve their sustainability credentials.

By changing their existing solvent to SF80 and working closely with them to optimise their process and reduce their solvent consumption, we were able to help them reduce their overall usage of solvent by 28%. This not only saved them around £30,000 per year, but it also dramatically reduced their carbon emissions. Previously, our client’s GWP was 990 – so the CO2 emissions being created by the customer were equivalent to driving around the world 143 times. With a more efficient process and using SF80, the new emissions were around the same as they would be driving from Edinburgh to Moscow.

Where to begin?

The statistics on global warming are extremely worrying, and it’s clear we need to act now to start making a difference for future generations to survive. The problem can be almost exclusively attributed to harmful gases in the atmosphere, and we can reduce this by making small differences in all that we do. When considering cleaning processes, the solution already exists, with much more environmentally friendly solvents already on the market that deliver comparable results.

If you would like to know more about whether your organisation can reduce the carbon impact of its cleaning process, please contact one of our team and we’d be very happy to look at your existing set up and see where efficiencies can be made and if superior solvents can be used. It could be one of the easiest ways to help meet your company’s sustainability targets.

For more information about the products we offer and how we can help, get in touch at sales@frasertech.co.uk.

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