What is HFC-23 and how are some companies exploiting it?



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    HFC-23 is a powerful chemical compound with a diverse array of applications.  It is more commonly known as “Fluoroform” and often sees use as a powerful refrigerant and fire suppressant.  I’m not sure what you mean by “exploiting” it, but I’m guessing you’re referring to it’s impacts on the environment.  Indeed, it is a very strong greenhouse.  It’s estimated that one ton of HFC-23 is equal to 11,700 tons of carbon dioxide when released in to our atmosphere.  The good news is the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) has provided funding for the disbanding of HFC-23 use since 2003 which has resulted in drastic drops in production for UN Annex 1 countries.

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