< Return to FAQs

Is ozone a greenhouse gas?

Yes, Ozone is a greenhouse gas, but not in the same way carbon dioxide is. Within the stratosphere ozone is naturally occurring. At this level is helps to block harmful UV rays that could hurt humans, animals, and plants. Within the troposphere, ozone could be harmful to breath in. Like carbon dioxide, ozone does contribute to the warming effect as well but its benefits generally outweigh its drawbacks.

Ozone is regulated separately from Carbon Dioxide both in its preservation and usage. Due to human made industrial chemicals effect of breaking down ozone in the atmosphere, releasing of these chemicals are regulated. On the other hand, ozone is used in some industrial processes. Because at ground level ozone is very harmful, it is also regulated in the Clean Air Act.