Update on global SF6 emissions trends from electrical equipment –...

Ecofys Emission Scenario Initiative on Sulphur Hexafluoride for Electric Industry (ESI-SF6)

Published: 01/07/2010

The Emission Scenario Initiative on Sulphur Hexafluoride for Electric Industry aims to provide scenarios for the short and long-term SF6 emissions from high and medium voltage electrical equipment at the global level. It shows emission scenarios for the three life cycle phases, manufacturing, use and decommissioning of equipment for the period between 2005 and 2030. A “business-as-usual” scenario (BAU scenario) and an additional action scenario are based on a forecast of market trends, global energy demand, population development and regional GDP growth. The underlying data is based on a global data collection, literature research and interviews among industry experts.

The report clearly shows that if existing emission reduction actions based on state-of-the-art techniques are applied on a global level, today’s global emissions from electrical equipment could be reduced by 30 % until 2030, despite a global increase in electricity demand and a significant SF6 bank growth in developing countries.