Fluorocarbons are used as feedstocks, as refrigerants, as solvents and as blowing agents for insulation plastic foams. The Sector Group’s main objective is to monitor the constantly changing legislation related to HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), PFCs (perfluorinated carbons) and SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride), CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), in the EU and at global level.Read more
TFA (trifluoroacetic acid and its salts) is a breakdown product of some fluorocarbons, is naturally occurring in the environment and resistant to further degradation (breakdown). This EFCTC Special Review is intended to provide an easy to understand summary of the ‘TFA story’ and provides links to more detailed supporting information.
Alternative refrigerants or HFCs: an obvious choice?
The refrigeration and air-conditioning industry selects refrigerants on the basis of a number of criteria which include safety, energy efficiency and environmental impact. Fluorocarbons are often perceived as environmentally unfriendly due to their relatively high global warming potential values.
Massive growth in HFCs is not considered likely in the IPCC Scenarios
The Fifth Assessment Report of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is available on the internet at http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/. Parts of this wide ranging study cover the climate change impacts from historical and anticipated releases of greenhouse gases
Madrid, 14 Enero 2015
Comisión Europea - DG CLIMA