HFCs (Hydro-Fluoro-Carbons) are commonly used in a variety of applications including air conditioning, fire protection, refrigeration and much more. They were first introduced to the manufacturing sector after the 1992 ban of CFCs (Chloro-Fluoro-Carbons) by the Montreal Protocol.
CFCs were banned due to the ozone layer damaged they caused.
Nowadays, many companies in the USA and across the world market HFCs as ‘environmentally-friendly’ due to their negligible contribution to ozone layer depletion. However, these gases are anything but eco-friendly; all F-gases are contributors to climate change.