India will avoid emitting almost half a billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent after it banned its chemical industry from releasing the potent greenhouse gas HFC-23 with immediate effect.
HFC-23 (trifluoromethane) is an unwanted by-product from the manufacture of HCFC-22, which is commonly-used in refrigeration and air conditioning. HFC-23 is 14,800 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide.
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