Explanation of Key Trends - Non Methane Volatile Organic Compounds

Last updated on 09 Oct 2018 06:49 (cf. Authors)


Germany has made a commitment under the Gothenburg Protocol to reduce NMVOC emissions. Since 2010, it is no longer permissible to exceed a National Emission Ceiling of 995kt NMVOC for Germany as whole. The revised Gothenburg Protocol and the revised NEC Directive both define emission reduction targets relative to a 2005 base year, mandating 13% (2020) and 28% (2030) reductions respectively.

Further details can be found in Chapter 9 - Projections and Chapter 11 - Adjustments and Emission Ceiling Exceedance.

Main drivers

NMVOC total emissions show a falling trend from 1990 onwards, with emission reductions of 69,1% between 1990 and 2016 with a bump in 2010 after the dent of 2008 and 2009 due to the economic situation. The last few years show emissions going down slightly, with stagnation between 2014 & 2016 at a low level. The Main Drivers for NMVOC emissions are Fuel Combustion (NFR 1.A) with half of total 1990 emissions and a 89% reduction between 1990 and 2016. In the Fuel Combustion category, Road Transport (NFR 1.A.3.b) is responsible for about 70% of the 1990 emissions, with Passenger Cars (NFR 1.A.3.b.i) emitting nearly all of it. Reductions over 90% in those categories between 1990 and 2016 are mainly due to increasingly stricter regulations, especially incentives for automobile users to retrofit/buy cars with catalytic converters. Furthermore the implementation of the Technical Instruction on Air Quality Control (TA-Luft 2002), to decreases in emissions from petrol storage and from fuelling of motor vehicles (1.B.2.a.v) - as a result of implementation of the 20th and 21st Ordinances on the Execution of the Federal Imission Control Act (BImSchV) - and to reduced petrol consumption play a major role in the reduction of NMVOC emissions within the category Fugitive Emissions from fossil fuels (NRF 1.B.2). Substantial emissions also come from Non-Energy Products from Fuels (NFR 2.D), emitting over 34% of total 1990 emissions and a 52% reduction between 1990 and 2016.

NMVOC Emissions 1990-2016

Total Emissions (Gg) Trend: latest compared to
1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 1990 last years
3401 2038 1609 1323 1230 1145 1119 1105 1029 1039 1052 down_green.png -69.1% stagnate_yellow.png

NMVOC trend by sector

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