Chemicals firms double estimate of illegal F-gas market

The European black market in hydrofluorocarbons could be twice as large as previously thought, with a climate impact equivalent to around 34 million tonnes of CO2 a year, according to an industry study.

by Robert Hodgson
EU imports of HFCs from China recorded by Eurostat were consistently lower than exports to the EU recorded by Chinese authorities. Photograph: VCG/Getty Images
EU imports of HFCs from China recorded by Eurostat were consistently lower than exports to the EU recorded by Chinese authorities. Photograph: VCG/Getty Images

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