The government has issued directions prohibiting certain manufacturers from emitting a potent greenhouse gas with high global warming potential into the atmosphere, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. 

“The government has issued orders on October 13, 2016 directing manufacturers of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC-22) not to emit or vent hydrofluorocarbons (HFC-23) in the atmosphere,” Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. 

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are compounds consisting of hydrogen, chlorine, fluorine, and carbon atoms. HCFCs and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) were created as substitutes for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) for use in refrigeration. 

All three of these classes of compounds either destroy the stratospheric ozone layer essential to life on Earth or contribute to global warming.