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Belgium’s Aero-Sense selects Honeywell Solstice® Propellant for novel environmentally preferable, aerosolized insecticide for aircraft

Belgium’s Aero-Sense selects Honeywell Solstice® Propellant for novel environmentally preferable, aerosolized insecticide for aircraft

Aviation chemicals manufacturer opts for Honeywell’s non-flammable, ultra-low global warming potential technology to meet EU regulations

Aero-Sense, a Belgium -based manufacturer of aviation chemicals, today announced a collaboration with Honeywell on a revolutionary non-flammable, aerosolized in-cabin insecticide that is better for the environment. Aero-Sense’s “Aircraft Insecticide ASD” is the only aircraft insecticide worldwide based on Honeywell’s Solstice Propellant (HFO-1234ze) and the first of its kind to be approved for sale and use in the 27 Members States of the European Union as well as  Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Aircraft insecticides are products that are formulated and used according to specific World Health Organisation recommendations and procedures. They are used by airlines across the world in order to help prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and zika,) through air travel.

Aero-Sense uses only Honeywell’s non-flammable Solstice Propellant (HFO-1234ze) for its entire aircraft insecticides range. Its “Aircraft Insecticide ASD” is based on the WHO recommended and European approved active substance 1R-trans phenothrin., The product recently acquired a registration according to the pathway of a Union Authorisation application under the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR 528/2012/EC). This registration is necessary to allow for sale and use in the EU. It will be available for purchase 22/03/2021.

Under the EU’s F-Gas regulations, specifically European Regulation (517/2014/EC) on the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases, technical aerosols (which includes aircraft insecticides) are required to have a Global Warming Potential of less than 150. Previous generation products based on HFC134a have a Global Warming Potential of more than 1300. The switch to Honeywell’s Solstice Propellant reduces that to a GWP of less than 1, far exceeding the EU requirements.

“The non-flammability of a propellant is of course of paramount importance in a critical environment like an aircraft cabin, so Honeywell’s Solstice Propellant was a perfect ecological alternative to the old, more environmentally harmful HFC134a. Unfortunately the environmental aspect is still often overlooked by airlines, especially in the economically tough times we are experiencing now .” says Jochen Rosseel, COO at Aero-Sense. 

“But we strongly believe this is the way forward. That’s why we have decided to implement Solstice Propellant in all our aerosolised products from here on out, even where there is no legal requirement to do so, for instance in aerosols we manufacture for non-EU markets. It is how we are trying to help airlines grow greener.”

Honeywell Solstice Propellant is widely used in a variety of aerosol applications, including personal care products, pressure dusters, lubricants and cleaners, party strings, insecticides and freezer sprays. Honeywell’s family of Solstice-branded products also includes stationary, commercial refrigeration and mobile refrigerants; liquid and gaseous blowing agents; and solvents—all based on Honeywell’s HFO technology that helps customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end-product performance.