Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fears for demolition pollution

Climate Ark News have suggested that gases released from foam in old buildings are much more damaging than carbon dioxide.

Ministers have been accused of "a scandal and a cover-up" for failing to devise a strategy for dealing with the huge amount of hazardous chemicals contained in old insulation foam. Most insulation foam used in building panels before 2004 contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). The use of these compounds is being phased out because they are known to damage the ozone layer.

Emissions from old buildings are expected to rise significantly after 2010 and peak between 2030 and 2040 as increasing numbers of structures are demolished.

Climate Ark News

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