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V - Alphabetical Listing of Selected Important Terms and Concepts in Sustainable Development

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
“A group of carbon-containing gases and vapours that are released primarily by the evaporation of petroleum products, solvents, paints, and other volatile compounds. VOCs react with NOx in the presence of sunlight to form ground level ozone, which is an air pollutant and a key element of smog. Some VOCs are carcinogenic. VOCs, together with NOx, SOx, fine particulate matter and ammonia are the main air pollutants associated with smog formation.”

(2008). Sustainability: Glossary - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) [online]. Vancouver 2010. Available from: http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/Sustainability/Glossary [Re-accessed: 07 March 2008].