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Kyoto Protocol

Initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997, the Protocol came into force in February 2005. It set binding targets for 37 industrialized countries including the European Community to reduce baseline emissions of six greenhouse gases to 5% below 1990 levels by 2012. Under the terms of the Protocol each country’s emissions must also be monitored.

How does the Protocol affect domestic central heating?

Analysis has shown that in industrialized countries, domestic households are responsible for 28% of total energy use and CO2 emissions. In response to the Kyoto Protocol, the UK Government has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce this figure.

Introduced in 2006, Part L of the Building Regulations aims to achieve a 20% improvement in the energy efficiency of new buildings while outlining more stringent requirements for refurbishments and extensions of those that exist already. Among an extensive range of energy efficiency measures was the raising of the minimum SEDBUK efficiency in gross calorific value to 86% for gas-fired and 85% for oil-fired boilers.

How Fernox contributes to the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol

Ongoing improvements in boiler technology (through smaller heat exchangers) are delivering increased efficiencies whilst minimizing emissions. However, the reduction in size of heat exchangers means these boilers are also more vulnerable to the negative effects of limescale and corrosion, which have a detrimental effect on performance levels.

Fernox complete range of water treatment products is tried and tested to maintain energy efficiency of modern central heating systems which offer significant energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions.

Fernox products also comply with the principles of the Kyoto Protocol by being low in toxicity and manufactured to the ISO14001 environmental quality standard. They are free or nitrates, phosphates and EDTA, making them highly biodegradable when discharged into the environment.

As part of Fernox’s R&D programme, the company is pioneering the development of organic products and renewable technology heat transfer fluids to complement its water treatment range.