Chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) - Definition, glossary, details

Chlorofluorocarbons are organic compounds composed of carbon, chlorine and fluorine atoms. These are produced as a derivative of methane and ethane. They are also referred as Freon. These compounds are used as refrigerants, propellants and solvents. The manufacture of CFC has been banned under Montreal protocol as it is capable of depleting the ozone layer in the stratosphere.  CFCs have a long life time in the atmosphere ranging from 20-100 years and hence one free chlorine atom from the CFC molecule can do a lot of damage. When these free CFC molecules reacts with ozone, the structure of ozone molecule is changed resulting in the depletion of the same.

Other Terms

Carbon capture and storage Carbon sink Carbon Sequestration
Clean Development Mechanism Climate Change Carbon Credits
Carbon Trading Cap and Trade Carbon Footprint
Carbon Offset CO2 Scrubber Chemical Absorption
Cogeneration Certified Emission Reduction (CER) Coal Bed Methane (CBM)
Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) Carbon Cycle Carbon Tax
Clathrate Gun Hypothesis Canadian Sedimentary Basin Carbon dioxide Fertilization
Carbon dioxide Equivalent Carbon Intensity Clean Coal technology
Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Carbon Market Conference of Parties (COP) Carbon Allowance
Carbon Offset Cap Rock CO2 migration
Carbon Adsorbent California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) Carbon Financial Instrument (CFI) contract
Carbon leakage Carbon Neutral Climate Feedback
Climate lag Coal Mine Methane Carbon Accounting
Coal Gasification Carbon Price Carbon Calculation

Power Plant CCS - Glossary

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