Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are organic and synthetic (i.e., human-made) chemicals. HCFCs have ozone-depleting potential (ODP), therefore, they are identified as ozone-depleting substances (ODS). HCFCs have a lower ODP than CFCs. They are considered acceptable interim substitutes for CFCs and are found in the many of the same applications as CFCs that they replace. They are also used as fire-extinguishing agents.
Canada is a Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which requires Parties to gradually phase-out production and consumption of ODS, as well as reduce and eliminate trade in these substances. The Montreal Protocol requires that HCFC production and consumption be phased out by 2020 for all HCFCs, except for servicing applications.
There is more than one CAS number that applies to this group of substances.
- CEPA 1999 Schedule 1 - List of Toxic Substances - This substance has been added to the List of Toxic Substances.
- Full life cycle management of the substance (Track 2) under the Toxic Substances Management Policy
This substance is entering the environment from the following source(s):
Risk Management Tool(s)
Tool(s) developed to manage risks associated with the substance:
- Performance Agreement with E.I. Dupont Canada Company Concerning the Production of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons in Canada
- Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003
- Ozone-depleting Substances Regulations, 1998
- Environmental Code of Practice for Elimination of Fluorocarbon Emissions from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems
- National Action Plan for the Environmental Control of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) and their Halocarbon Alternatives (PDF; 120 KB)
- Canada's Strategy to Accelerate the Phase-Out of CFC and Halon Uses and to Dispose of the Surplus Stocks (PDF; 217 KB)
- Stratospheric Ozone - Information Centre
- National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) - Information Centre
Email address: GR-RM@ec.gc.ca
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