Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2149–2164, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2149-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2149–2164, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2149-2021
Research article
12 Feb 2021
Research article | 12 Feb 2021

Global trends and European emissions of tetrafluoromethane (CF4), hexafluoroethane (C2F6) and octafluoropropane (C3F8)

Daniel Say et al.

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Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) are potent greenhouse gases with exceedingly long lifetimes. We used atmospheric measurements from a global monitoring network to track the accumulation of these gases in the atmosphere. In the case of the two most abundant PFCs, recent measurements indicate that global emissions are increasing. In Europe, we used a model to estimate regional PFC emissions. Our results show that there was no significant decline in northwest European PFC emissions between 2010 and 2019.
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