What does HCFC-free mean?

13 April 2017 Kingspan Insulation Middle East

What are HCFCs?

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are a group of compounds, whose structure is very close to that of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), but including one or more hydrogen atom. However, they are much less stable.

HCFCs are also part of a group of chemicals known as the volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

HCFCs are often now used as blowing agents during the manfacture of foam insulation products. Especially since the complete eradication of CFCs in the UAE, Qatar and Oman in 2010.

Why should we remove them?

Releases of HCFCs can have serious environmental consequences. Although not as damaging as CFCs, HCFCs or Halons, they can still end up in the higher atmopshere (stratosphere) where they can trap heat within the atmosphere.

HCFCs therefore contribute to Global Warming (through "the Greenhouse Effect") and, as such, have a high "Global Warming Potential".

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