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Synthetic Greenhouse Gas ("SGG")

A Synthetic Greenhouse Gas ("SGG") are man-made chemicals commonly used in refrigeration, air conditioning, fire extinguishing, expanding foam production and in medical aerosols that have been proven to adversely contribute to global warming by helping contain heat with the earth's atmosphere. Typical synthetic greenhouse gasses include;

  • hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
  • perfluorocarbons (PFCs)
  • sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)
  • nitrogen trifluoride (NF3)

Synthetic greenhouse gases are man-made chemicals and are used in Australia for a wide variety of purposes such as;

  • refrigerant in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment
  • extinguishing agents in fire extinguishing systems
  • foam-blowing agents in the manufacture of polyurethane foams and in foams for thermal insulation, such as in refrigerators
  • propellants in some aerosol products
  • insulating gas in the electricity supply industry
  • solvents


In preparing this definition, we have drawn from various sources including Legislation, Codes, Standards and industry information, research and knowledge.  Like the english language, these definitions may subtly change from time to time. As such these definitions are provided solely on the basis that users will be responsible for making their own assessment of the definition and and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.