For Snap-on, simple compliance and management of our own facilities and processes is not enough where air quality is concerned. In cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we are not only reducing our emissions, but we are designing, manufacturing and marketing products that detect, prevent, mitigate and remedy air pollution from mobile sources.
Some older cars on the road emit three to four times more pollution than standards allow for new cars. Recent worldwide and domestic initiatives such as the Clean Air Act of 1990 have been implemented to reduce vehicle emissions. We support these initiatives and are committed to helping our customers detect and repair the high emitting vehicles, thereby yielding dramatic clean air benefits.
Auto inspection and maintenance (I/M) programs require the testing of motor vehicles in certain metropolitan areas where air quality does not meet minimum standards. States are implementing these programs in various forms. Snap-on supports these programs through the manufacture of emissions test and repair equipment. The equipment helps repair centers diagnose the cause of excessive emissions and measures the level of emissions before and after repairs are performed.
Snap-on manufactures emissions testing equipment and air conditioning refrigerant recovery and recycling products to detect, prevent and remedy air pollution from mobile sources.
Our emissions testing equipment diagnoses the cause of excessive vehicle emissions before repair and measures the level of emissions after repairs are performed.
Air Conditioning Refrigerant Recovery
The international scientific community believes chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) deplete the earth's ozone layer, which protects us from the sun's ultraviolet rays. As a result, an international accord, known as the Montreal Protocol, was signed by most of the world's industrialized nations. This agreement requires reducing the production and consumption of CFCs worldwide.
In response to this accord, we have developed a line of refrigerant recovery and recycling equipment that recovers refrigerant without allowing it to escape into the environment. We also produce instruments designed to detect leaks in automotive air conditioning systems.
In addition to these products, we offer a training program that provides a clear, concise overview of the problems associated with automobile air conditioning refrigerant contamination. Developed with the Mobile Air Conditioning Society, the program describes the extent of the problem, its causes, and the equipment and procedures technicians can use to safely handle and eliminate contaminated refrigerant.
Air Scrubbers in Manufacturing Plant
Before we discharge any air from our manufacturing processes, highly efficient scrubbers on all chemical process lines clean the air, eliminating potentially harmful pollutants. Our installation of air scrubbers in 1980 positioned us well to meet the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) of Section 112 of the amended 1990 Clean Air Act.