Illegal production and use of CFC-11 in China

A report published by the EIA reveals that some Chinese companies still use CFC-11 in the foam blowing industry.

The IIR recently published a news about the surprising increase in the atmospheric emissions of CFC-11 since 2012, even though this ozone depleting substance has been banned since 2010. According to researchers, this increase cannot be explained by a possible atmospheric change or past production, and as such, an undeclared production remained the best explanation.

According to a report published in July by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), CFC-11 is still used in China's rigid polyurethane foam insulation sector. The EIA found that the substance is used by 18 companies in 10 provinces. Some of these companies acknowledge the illegal use of CFC-11, but explain that it was used because it was cheaper and made more effective foam.

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