HARC is a non-profit trade association formed in 1989 to promote the development and approval of environmentally acceptable halon alternatives. HARC serves as an information clearinghouse and a focal point for cooperation between government and industry on issues of importance to special hazard fire protection. If you would like to receive the kind of information contained in this Home Page on a regular basis, consider membership in HARC.

Aviation Takes Action on Ozone and Climate Protection

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Ozone Secretariat recently issued a press release announcing a landmark agreement on the implementation of the ICAO resolution on halon replacement in aviation. Read press release...

Focus on Climate Change

Key decisions related to the regulation of greenhouse gases are likely to be made by local, national, and international governments over the next few years. These policies could influence the cost and availability of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), leading agents for special hazard fire protection. No other organization is more keyed into the climate change issue than HARC. For more information, download the new HARC newsletter (PDF, 523 KB).

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Voluntary Code of Practice for the Reduction of Emissions of HFC And PFC Fire Protection Agents

The voluntary code of practice for the reduction of emissions of HFC and PFC fire protection agents (VCOP) is an important environmental initiative of the fire protection industry and the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases used as fire protection agents. For more information, please click here (PDF, 307 KB).

HFC Emissions Estimating Program

In conjunction with the VCOP, the fire protection industry has implemented a voluntary data collection effort called the HFC Emissions Estimating Program (HEEP). HEEP collects data on sales of extinguishing agents for recharge as a way to estimate annual emissions of HFCs and PFCs from the fire protection industry.