For an industrial setting, this is a company's environmental impact determined by the amount of depletable raw materials and nonrenewable resources it consumes to make its products, and the quantity of wastes and emissions that are generated in the process. Traditionally, for a company to grow, the footprint has to get larger. Today, finding ways to reduce the environmental footprint is a priority for leading companies.
Stable, artificially created chemical compounds containing carbon, chlorine, fluorine, and sometimes hydrogen. CFC's, used primarily to facilitate cooling in refrigerators and air conditioners, have been found to deplete the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects the earth and its inhabitants from excessive ultraviolet radiation.