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.

Recycling Code of Practice

HARC has developed a new Recycling Code of Practice that is intended to provide basic guidelines for companies engaged in the recovery and recycling of halogenated clean agents. The code was also developed to provide assurance to the public that companies subscribing to the code are committed to recovering and recycling halogenated clean agents in a safe and environmentally sound manner that meets required quality standards. The code is endorsed by FEMA, FSSA and NAFED.

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Focus on Climate Change

Key decisions related to the regulation of greenhouse gases are currently being made by local, national, and international governments. These policies could influence the cost and availability of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), leading agents for special hazard fire protection. More information can be found in the March 2016 HARC Newsletter.


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.