Original air date April 27, 2023

Environmental Impacts of Fire Suppression Solutions

Fire suppression engineers should understand how the new environmentally friendly fire suppression technologies should be specified


This presentation will cover the critical environmental and regulatory changes effecting fire suppression systems and NFPA 2010. Conventional fire suppression is being phased out, however, there are environmentally stable and cost-effective alternatives available.

On Dec. 27, 2020, the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 was enacted. The AIM Act directs the Environmental Protection Agency to address hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by providing new authorities in three main areas: to phase down the production and consumption of listed HFCs, manage these HFCs and their substitutes and facilitate the transition to next-generation technologies.

While Halons and HFCs have both been regulated for their adverse environmental impact, the per-and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFASs) are more likely to be scrutinized and perhaps eventually regulated due to their potentially dangerous health effects. PFAS and PFAS-generating products include 3M Novec 1230 and FK-5-1-12 other fluorine-based compounds.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how HFCs fire suppression products are being phased out through the AIM Act.
  • Learn about environmental impacts, safety, and regulations of fire suppression products.
  • Pick up future trends regarding fire suppression.

Presented By:
Lance D. Harry, P.E. , President and CEO, Fireaway Inc.

Moderated By:
Amara Rozgus, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology

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