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Statistics in brief - Chlorinated solvents

Some chlorinated solvents, turnover

Graph. Some chlorinated solvents, turnover in 1993-2012.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency.

Chlorinated solvents are harmful to health and their use in Sweden is regulated.

1,1,1-trichloroethane destroys the ozone layer and its use is prohibited. All use of 1,1,1-trichloroethane in chemical products has now ceased.

Trichloroethene (trichloroethylene) and dichloromethane (methylene chloride) are also prohibited but may be used in Sweden after a permit has been granted by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. They have been widely used for degreasing and cleaning. This use has been substantially reduced by e.g. altered demands for cleaning, alkaline degreasing, other solvents or by change of production technology.

Tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene), like the others, is prohibited in consumer products but may be used professionally. This substance is mainly used for dry cleaning.

Chlorinated solvents, quantities in tonnes
YearTrichloroetheneTetrachloroetheneDichloromethane1,1,1-Trichloroethane
1993 4,564 2,373 1,172 891
1994 4,004 1,729 1,297 691
1995 3,682 1,348 1,068 14
1996 1,787 979 439 8
1997 1,901 566 579 0
1998 1,674 919 644 0
1999 1,041 870 629 0
2000 509 485 546 0
2001 390 444 451 0
2002 356 482 230 0
2003 321 503 317 0
2004 268 214 140 0
2005 226 282 154 0
2006 203 311 146 0
2007 182 302 138 0
2008 121 227 138 0
2009 91 308 77 0
2010 87 381 126 0
2011 58 178 128 0
2012 61 350 129 0

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency 2012.

Flow analyses available for:

Tetrachloroethene

Trichloroethene

Dichloromethane