Global historical PCB emission data
|This web-page contain
databases on the global production, consumption and emissions of PCBs from
1930 to 2000. Please observe that new estimates are available here.
The data are aimed at modelling studies, mass balance studies and for the interpretation of regional and global contamination patterns. The work has been carried out as part of the EU Global SOC project (ENV4-CT97-0638), and is documented in two scientific publications:
The files are free for download, but any use of these data should refer to the respective publication. Please, also send me an e-mail about your planned use of the data.
The data are available in the form of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. All the Microsoft Excel files are packaged as .zip files, and you will need software such as WinZip to decompress the files.
The databases contain three different estimates (Default, Maximum and Minimum) for each figure presented. The unit is tonnes in all spreadsheets.
The file Production.zip (32 KB) contains estimates of the total global production of 22 PCB congeners by year (in tonnes). The file includes three separate worksheets, presenting the default, maximum and minimum estimates, respectively.
The files ConsumptionDefault.zip (954 KB), ConsumptionMax.zip (938 KB) and ConsumptionMin.zip (926 KB) contain estimates of the annual new consumption / use of each of the 22 PCB congeners by country and year.
The data are not available on a grid basis. If this is needed, one option is to utilise the global population distribution database by Dr. Yi-Fan Li (Environment Canada). Using population density as a surrogate, the national consumption or emission data can be presented on a 1° by 1° grid system.
This work has been financially supported by the EU research project Global SOC (ENV4-CT97-0638).