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Associated topic: greenhouse effect

Emissions monitoring period: since 1990

Data source: CITEPA / SECTEN format - April 2017


Sources of the pollutant

Nitrogen trifluoride is used in the manufacturing of semi-conductors, new generation solar panels, flat-screen television sets, touch-sensitive screens, electronic processors.
The use of NF3 has widely increased in the past because of two factors. On the one hand, the rising demand in microelectronics results in an ever-increasing quantity of NF3 used. On the other hand, since air emission levels of NF3 were for a long time considered as being almost non-existent, this gas was proposed by industry as an alternative to PFCs, the use of which was restricted because of their significant contribution to the greenhouse effect.


Effect of the pollutant

NF3 contributes to the greenhouse effect. It has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 17 200, i.e. 17 200 times the GWP of CO2, the reference greenhouse gas (GWP CO2 = 1) (GWP values from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s fourth assessment report published in 2007). The NF3 is a "new" pollutant covered by the Kyoto Protocol's second commitment period (2013-2020 ) which has been added to the "basket" of six original greenhouse gases targeted by the Kyoto Protocol (CO2, CH4, HFCs, PFCs, SF6).


Classification of the sub-sectors with the highest emission levels* in 2015

Classification Sub-sectors Share of sub-sector in total national emissions in mainland France
1 Industrial and transport equipment including: 100% including:
Electronic components manufacturing 100%

*: one sector (of six altogether: energy transformation, manufacturing industry, residential/tertiary, agriculture/forestry, road and other transport) is broken down into sub-sectors.


Emissions and trends

Minimum observed: 6.3 kt CO2e in 1995
Maximum observed: 46 kt CO2e in 2008
Emissions in 2015: 11 kt CO2e
Trends 2015/1990: -35.5%
Trends 2015/maximum: -77.1%
Trends 2015/minimum: +69.8%

Measurement unit: kt CO2e (kilotonne CO2 équivalent)
Source CITEPA / SECTEN format – April 2017

Graph NF3 17

Graph Legende sans UTCFv2

Source CITEPA / SECTEN format – April 2017

Tab NF3 17

(*) Following UNFCCC definitions: emissions classified "except total" are not included, i.e. emissions from international waterway, maritime and air transport and emissions not from human sources.
(e) preliminary estimate



All NF3 emissions come from the manufacturing industry as... (to read more, consult the SECTEN report online via your login and password)

Data source: CITEPA / SECTEN format - April 2017

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