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.« Back to Glossary Index