Haier will adopt the new Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent by Honeywell to help insulate and increase the energy efficiency of its refrigerators. “Blowing agents such as Solstice LBA – explains Honeywell in a official note – allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam’s excellent insulating properties. Solstice LBA can help home appliance manufacturers achieve an 8-10% energy efficiency improvement compared with cyclopentane, which is widely used as a blowing agent in appliance insulation”. Solstice LBA has an ultra-low global warming potential of 1, which is 99.9% lower than HFC-245fa, a commonly-used blowing agent. Solstice LBA is nonflammable and is not a volatile organic compound. It is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program and is also registered under the European Union’s REACH program.