Solvents VOC Emissions Inventories Technical Paper 2021

Solvents VOC emission inventories technical paper updated! 

Our solvents’ Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emission inventories technical paper has been updated. We have included the most recent emissions data from the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and have also added ethanol emissions for all years dating back to 2013 to our numbers.

The data indicates that solvents’ VOC emissions have remained stable within the range of 2000-2300 ktonnes in the EU28 (EU27+UK) since 2008.

The ESIG inventories are a recognized method and have a dedicated chapter in the EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook. This guidebook facilitates the reporting of emission inventories to the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) and the EU National Emission Ceilings Directive. Therefore, our inventories can serve as a reference point to report solvents’ VOC emissions or as a benchmark for comparisons to your own data.


EU Member States report their emissions of NMVOCs, and other pollutants under Directive (EU) 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants. The 2016 National Emission reduction Commitments (NEC) Directive, which entered into force on 31 December 2016, sets emission reduction commitments for five main air pollutants (NOX, NMVOCs, SO2, NH3, PM).

The Directive transposes the reduction commitments for 2020 agreed by the EU and its Member States under the 2012 revised Gothenburg Protocol under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP Convention).

Access our updated ESIG Technical Paper Solvent VOC Emissions 2021