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New Family of Synthetic Refrigerant Gases Poses Potential Dangers to Human Health and the Environment

Hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) are being promoted as sustainable alternatives to climate-wrecking hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are widely used in refrigeration and air-conditioning and are currently being phased down under the Montreal Protocol. HFOs are the next generation of synthetic chemicals being promoted by industry for future use in cooling equipment. But while HFOs may be less harmful to the climate, they break down in the atmosphere to create high levels of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) – which could be very damaging to human health and the environment.  Read more....

 

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