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Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a class of synthetic compounds primarily used as refrigerants, solvents, and in foam blowing applications. As part of the broader group of fluorinated gases, HFCs were initially introduced to replace ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). While HFCs do not harm the ozone layer, they are potent greenhouse gases with a high global warming potential (GWP), contributing significantly to climate change.

HFCs are composed of hydrogen, fluorine, and carbon atoms, and each compound within this group possesses varying levels of GWP, with some being thousands of times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Due to their high GWP, international agreements like the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol are actively pushing for a phasedown in the production and usage of HFCs, encouraging the development and adoption of more environmentally friendly alternatives.

Efforts to reduce HFC emissions are crucial in the global movement towards sustainability and mitigating climate change. Various industries are now investing in research and development to find safer, greener refrigerants and technologies with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact while still meeting technological and industrial needs.