29 Apr '11, 8pm

GE to Cut Manufacturing Plant's Emissions by 80 Percent

GE to Cut Manufacturing Plant's Emissions by 80 Percent

has tweaked its manufacturing process to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated during the production of its top-freezer refrigerators. The company's appliances and lighting division said yesterday that it adopted cyclopentane at GE's Decatur, Ala., manufacturing plant this month. The foam-blowing agent produces 99 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than HFC 134a, the chemical it replaces. On an annual basis, this will equate to more than 400,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions to be avoided at the facility. To put this in perspective, the plant's total emissions will fall by more than 80 percent as a result of the change. Now the company plans to transition other refrigerator manufacturing facilities to cyclopentane in the coming years, including its Bloomington, Ind., and Louisville, Ky., facilities by 2014. The benefit of using cyclopenta...

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