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Statistics in brief - Chlorinated paraffins

Use of chlorinated paraffins is to be restricted due to the danger for the environment. The objective is a rapid phase-out of the short-chained chlorinated paraffins as they are the most harmful ones. These statistics cover both short- and long-chained chlorinated paraffins.

Use of Chlorinated paraffins

Graph. Use of Chlorinated paraffins 1996 - 2010.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency.

Use of chlorinated paraffins has decreased by 80 per cent since 1994. The heaviest reduction has been in the use of chlorinated paraffins as plasticizer and flame-retardant additives in plastics.

Use in coolants and lubricants was halved between 1990 and 1995 (Swedish Chemicals Agency, Report 6/97).

The quantity of chlorinated paraffins in coolants and lubricants has stabilized around 100-150 tonnes. The chart shows almost the double amount which is due to the same quantity being reported twice, first as the imported raw material and then as an ingredient in mixed lubricants.

About two per cent of the chlorinated paraffins are short-chained, C10-13.

Breakdown between short- and long-chained chlorinated paraffins in Sweden

Graph. Breakdown between short- and long-chained chlorinated paraffins in Sweden in 1996 to 2010.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency.

Use of short-chained chlorinated paraffins (C10 - 13) has declined by 95 per cent since 1998. Turnover of all chlorinated paraffins has decreased by about 35 per cent since the same year. 

Chlorinated paraffins could also be part of other products than chemical products, imported or exported to Sweden, e.g. products containing plastic or rubber material. Such products will not be reported to the Swedish Products Register and therefore it is likely that the total amount of imported chlorinated paraffins is larger than the amounts reported here. 

Flow analyses are available here.