Hydrofluorocarbons Definition

by Laurent Cousineau
(Montreal)

Hydrofluorocarbons are compounds consisting of hydrogen, fluorine, and carbon atoms.

Also known as HFCs, hydrofluorocarbons were first introduced as alternatives to ozone depleting substances that were used for commercial, personal, and industrial purposes.

Moreover, hydrofluorocarbons are used in manufacturing and are also emitted as by-products of various industrial processes.

Although HFCs do not deplete the ozone layer, they are powerful greenhouse gases.

In fact, HFCs have a global warming potential ranging from 140 to 11,700.

Greenhouse Gases

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