The SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership for the Magnesium Industry was a cooperative effort between EPA and the U.S. magnesium industry to better understand and reduce emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), a potent greenhouse gas, from magnesium production and casting processes (casting processes involve molding metals). EPA’s voluntary Partnership with the magnesium industry was designed to facilitate progress towards eliminating SF6 emissions by identifying, evaluating, and implementing cost-effective climate protection strategies and technologies including alternative cover gases. Cover gases are used to protect molten metal from oxidation and potentially violent burning during production, casting, and recycling. Studies conducted under the Partnership contributed to the identification of technically proven alternative cover gas options for eliminating the use of SF6.
- Characterization of Cover Gas and Byproduct Emissions from Secondary Magnesium Ingot Casting
- 4th Annual Global Magnesium Industry Climate Protection Workshop Proceedings
- Characterization of Emissions and Occupational Exposure Associated with Five Melt Protection Technologies for Magnesium Die Casting.
- SF6 / Cover Gas Emissions Tracking & Reporting Tool
The following links provide more information on the SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership for the Magnesium Industry:
- Basic Information – Learn more about SF6 emissions from magnesium production and casting processes and how EPA worked collaboratively with the industry to eliminate emissions.
- Documents, Tools, and Resources – Find publications and technical tools that provide more information on SF6 emissions measurement and reduction strategies.
- Past Conferences – Learn more about past technical meetings such as the International Conference on SF6 and the Environment.
- Frequently Asked Questions – See responses to common questions about EPA’s Partnership and emissions from the magnesium industry.
For further questions regarding EPA’s SF6 Partnership or GHG emissions from the magnesium industry, please contact Sally Rand at EPA at Rand.Sally@epa.gov or (202) 343-9739.