Honeywell recently announced a new hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-based refrigerant for the European automotive aftermarket that has the potential to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint of air conditioning systems in existing vehicles by more than 50%. Solstice® 456A provides an easy-to-use, economical, drop-in service solution for vehicles manufactured before 2017. It has similar performance to R-134A, helping to meet the needs of vehicle owners and auto repair shops amid ongoing climate-related legislation from the EU.
Expressing his views, Rick Winick, VP & GM, Honeywell Automotive Refrigerants, stated, “With more than 200 million cars on the roads in Europe still using R-134A, there is a need in the market for a sustainable and economical product to support auto repair shops servicing these vehicles. Solstice 456A is an ASHRAE A1-classified, non-flammable, easy-to-use refrigerant that can easily be adopted to work with existing AC service machines and tools.”