Get the Facts on HFCs


Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, are ‘super-pollutants’ - human-made greenhouse gases thousands of times more potent than the same amount of carbon dioxide. They were introduced to replace the gases that caused the ozone hole and are used mainly as refrigerants in cooling systems - from our fridges, cars, and home air conditioners to factories and supermarkets. Today HFCs are the fastest growing greenhouse gases in the world

A global phase-down of HFCs can help prevent up to half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century, which is essential to limit global warming to under 1.5°C.

A single supermarket emits 875 pounds of HFCs each year equal to the carbon dioxide from more than 300 cars. Voluntary action by supermarkets can help the U.S. fulfill its promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet global climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and Montreal Protocol.

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