The new unit has a start-up date of early 2016 and will double the available ODS destruction volume within A-Gas Americas.
The company says it will use this increased capacity for the development of high quality, California Carbon Offsets (CCOs) to be used by entities with compliance obligations under California’s landmark GHG cap and trade programme.
California’s cap and trade programme, the only economy-wide carbon market in the US, was set up as a key component of the State’s GHG emissions targets.
The addition of this second plasma arc destruction unit also gives A-Gas the ability to offer needed destruction capacity to third party CCO project developers.
A-Gas Americas sees plasma arc technology as the cleanest, most preferred method for destruction of high global warming ODS, with an efficiency that can exceed 99.9999% of the harmful ODS gases.
Monte Roach, A-Gas Americas CEO, said: “This new investment shows our confidence in the longevity and growth in the California Carbon Offset market and our commitment to clean plasma arc destruction technology which brings the most environmentally efficient end of life solution for used ODS refrigerants.”
Ken Logan, A-Gas business development director, said: “Our Total Solutions programme for complete lifecycle management of refrigerants is further illustrated in this innovative approach to finding answers for our customers’ complete ODS regulatory requirements.
“The contraction of fluorocarbon destruction since late 2014 has created a void in the carbon market, a void that we are pleased to fill with increased capacity at a non-hazardous waste facility, creating a low risk option to developers of highly valuable CCO projects.”