Review of CFC-12 Distributed Emissions from the Global Emissions Inventory Activity (GEIA)Entry ID: GEIA_CFC12
Abstract: CFC-12 (CCl2F2, dichlorodifluoromethane) is now used primarily within
refrigeration and air conditioning systems as the working fluid. Some material
is released into the atmosphere when these systems are first filled but the
bulk of the losses occur subsequently during maintenance, or as the result of
accidental damage or when the equipment is finally removed from service ... and
scrapped. There are other minor uses in foam blowing and historical use in
aerosol propellant formulations.
As a consequence of the delay between first use and release, it is necessary to
calculate emissions from time series of data on production and sales into
various end-use categories having different release functions. The calculation
method is described in McCulloch et al. (2002).
The calculated global emissions of CFC-12 were distributed among countries
using the distribution of individual national fractions of the world total
Gross Domestic Product, as described in McCulloch et al. (1994). Within each
country, emissions were distributed to individual gridsquares using a
population distribution from Harvard University (Jennifer Logan, personal
Results are presented here as the percentage distribution among gridsquares.
Absolute emission from each gridsquare in 1986 should be calculated by
multiplying global emission for 1986 in Table 1
("http://geiacenter.org/reviews/ cfc12.html") by the gridsquare percentages in
Table 2 (http://geiacenter.org/). For other years, the
distribution in Table 2 should be applied to the global emission for the
appropriate year. While global emissions change relatively rapidly,
distribution is affected only by relative economic activity and population
dynamics, which have slower rates of change with time. It is expected that the
distribution can be applied to the years 1980 to 1990 without significantly
increasing uncertainty but this has not been tested. It can be applied to years
beyond this range only with caution and new distributions for more recent years
are under development.
Taken from McCulloch et al., 2002 (itself compiled from AFEAS, 2001 and UNEP,
2002), the time series (1930 to 2000) of CFC-12 emissions and their
uncertainties is shown in "http://geiacenter.org/reviews/ cfc12.html".
Future emissions will be governed by the controls required by the Montreal
Protocol and by the quantity of material currently in the "bank" (that is:
material which is in use but has not yet been emitted). A scenario for future
releases of CFC-12 was described in Madronich and Velders (1999). This scenario
has been updated and will be published in Fraser and Montzka (2003).
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: A. McCulloch
Dataset Title: Review of CFC-12: Metadata on Distributed Emissions
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO
Dataset Publisher: Global Emissions Inventory Activity
Version: Version 1Online Resource: http://geiacenter.org/reviews/cfc12.html
Start Date: 1930-01-01Stop Date: 2000-12-31
Temporal Resolution: annual
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: online www
Email: archie at marbury.u-net.com
ICI Chemicals & Polymers Ltd. Safety and Environment Department
Province or State: Cheshire
Postal Code: WA7 4QD
Country: United Kingdom
AFEAS (Alternative Fluorocarbons Environmental Acceptability Study) Production,
Sales and Atmospheric Releases of Fluorocarbons through 2000, AFEAS, Arlington,
VA, USA, 2001 (see http://www.afeas.org).
Fraser P. and S. Montzka, Controlled Substances and Other Source Gases, Ch. 1
of Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2002, in preparation, WMO, Geneva,
Madronich S. and G.J.M. Velders, Halocarbon Scenarios for the Future Ozone
Layer and Related Consequences, Ch. 11 of Scientific Assessment of Ozone
Depletion: 1998, World Meteorological Organization Ozone Research and
Monitoring Project Report No 44, WMO, Geneva, 1999.
McCulloch A., P.M. Midgley and D.A. Fisher, Distribution of emissions of
chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) 11, 12, 113, 114 and 115 among reporting and
non-reporting countries in 1986, Atmos. Environ., 28(16), 2567-2582, 1994.
McCulloch A., P.M. Midgley and P. Ashford, Releases of Refrigerant Gases
(CFC-12, HCFC-22 and HFC-134a) to the Atmosphere, submitted to Atmospheric
UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), Production and Consumption of
Ozone Depleting Substances, 1986-2000, Secretariat to the Montreal Protocol,
UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya, 2002 (see http://www.unep.org/ozone).
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-10-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-02-15