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Electrolube’s eco-friendly freezer refrigerant and air duster exempt from carbon tax

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Electrolube products such as FREH freezer refrigerant and EADH air duster will be exempt from the new Carbon Tax introduced by the Australian Government.

International chemicals manufacturer, Electrolube examined the impact of the new Carbon Tax on speciality aerosol and refrigerant products that comply with the new legislative amendments in force since 1st July.

As part of the country’s Clean Energy Future Plan, Australian importers and manufacturers will be required to pay a levy incorporating a carbon charge based on the equivalent carbon price, which will apply to standard air dusters and refrigerant sprays. The tax is being introduced to help meet Australia's target of cutting emissions five per cent by 2020 with CO2 emissions to be initially taxed at A$23 per tonne from 2012.

Electrolube confirms that products such as the FREH freezer refrigerant and EADH air duster will not incur any carbon levy with the innovative products benefitting from Solstice, an ultra-low Global Warming Potential (GWP) blowing agent and aerosol propellant. EADH and FREH will be exempt from the Carbon Tax due to their ability to reduce equivalent CO2 emissions by more than 99.5% over preceding technology, benefiting the electronics industry with low environmental impact combined with high performance.

FREH freezer is a non-flammable, non-corrosive refrigerant used as a safe and quick way of cooling small electronic and electrical components, lowering temperatures to at least -50ºC in just seconds. The product also detects faulty soldered joints and overheating parts, and helps to eliminate the time consuming method of ‘dry joint location’, which involves measuring electrical resistance at each joint in a faulty circuit.

Electrolube’s non-flammable EADH air duster helps to remove all dust and airborne contamination from fragile or inaccessible areas on electrical and electronic equipment to maintain parts efficiently and quickly.

While standard air dusters and refrigerant sprays contain gases with high GWP from 140 to 23,900 times that of carbon dioxide, the Solstice propellant is a Halo-Olefin (HFO) with low carbon benefits and can disappear in days as against CO2 molecules that live in the atmosphere for years. Once released into the atmosphere, Solstice 1234ze has a measured atmospheric lifetime of two weeks compared to 14 years for HFC134a. Replacing one 200ml standard can of duster containing HFC134a with the equivalent containing Solstice 1234ze results in a remarkable reduction of CO2 emissions of 347.5kg, the equivalent of flying 1632 air miles (3021km).

For instance, a company importing one tonne of HFC134a into Australia from July 2012 onwards will have to pay $29,900 as the equivalent carbon price (calculated by multiplying the quantity of 1 tonne by the GWP of HFC134a, 1300 by the applicable carbon price of $23). The prescribed cost recovery levy payable would be $165, which when added to the equivalent carbon price gives a grand total of $30,065.

According to Ron Jakeman, Managing Director of HK Wentworth Group, the propellants used in Electrolube products offer very low GWP, zero ozone depletion and non-flammability, underlining the company’s commitment to protecting the environment.

Electrolube, a division of HK Wentworth is a leading manufacturer of contact lubricants, conformal coatings, thermally conductive materials, resins and service and maintenance products.

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