Continued Emissions of the Ozone-Depleting Substance Carbon Tetrachloride From Eastern Asia

M. F. Lunt, S. Park, S. Li, S. Henne, A. J. Manning, A. L. Ganesan, I. J. Simpson, D. R. Blake, Q. Liang, S. O'Doherty, C. M. Harth, J. Mühle, P. K. Salameh, R. F. Weiss, P. B. Krummel, P. J. Fraser, R. G. Prinn, S. Reimann, M. Rigby

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Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is an ozone‐depleting substance, accounting for about 10% of the chlorine in the troposphere. Under the terms of the Montreal Protocol, its production for dispersive uses was banned from 2010. In this work we show that, despite the controls on production being introduced, CCl4 emissions from the eastern part of China did not decline between 2009 and 2016. This finding is in contrast to a recent bottom‐up estimate, which predicted a significant decrease in emissions after the introduction of production controls. We find eastern Asian emissions of CCl4 to be 16 (9–24) Gg/year on average between 2009 and 2016, with the primary source regions being in eastern China. The spatial distribution of emissions that we derive suggests that the source distribution of CCl4 in China changed during the 8‐year study period, indicating a new source or sources of emissions from China's Shandong province after 2012.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Early online date28 Sept 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Sept 2018


  • inverse modeling
  • China
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • CCl 4
  • emissions


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