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In everyday life the average human whether knowingly or otherwise uses substances that are in fact ozone depleting.
As the studies show many of the ozone depleting substances (chlorofluorocarbons CFCs) are in reality very powerful greenhouse gases with global warming potentials ranging from a few to more than 14.000 times that of CO2.
By signing the Montreal Protocol the countries agreed to phase out the ozone depleting substances like the CFCs which in turn proved beneficial for the fight against the climate change.
In the search for replacement of the phased out ODS in numerous applications the people started searching for other types of gases like the F -gases (HFCs, FPCs, SF6). These types of substances do not deplete the ozone layer but sequentially have a significant GWP. Thus in order to address the new problem in 2016 the Kigali Agreement was signed in order to reduce and phase out these F – gases in the following 30 year period.
In Republic of North Macedonia the consumption of the ODS has been successfully phased out as of 2016.
For more information see the Fluorinated greenhouse gases.
Author: Stefan Velkovski