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Emission inventory of anthropogenic air pollutants and VOC species in the Yangtze River Delta region, China

by C. Huang, C. H. Chen, L. Li, Z. Cheng, H. L. Wang, H. Y. Huang, D. G. Streets, Y. J. Wang, G. F. Zhang, Y. R. Chen show all authors
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics ()

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to develop an emission inventory for major anthropogenic air pollutants and VOC species in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region for the year 2007. A "bottom-up" methodology was adopted to compile the inventory based on major emission sources in the sixteen cities of this region. Results show that the emissions of SO sub(2), NO sub(x), CO, PM sub(10), PM sub(2.5), VOCs, and NH sub(3) in the YRD region for the year 2007 are 2392 kt, 2293 kt, 6697 kt, 3116 kt, 1511 kt, 2767 kt, and 459 kt, respectively. Ethylene, mp-xylene, o-xylene, toluene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 2,4-dimethylpentane, ethyl benzene, propylene, 1-pentene, and isoprene are the key species contributing 77 % to the total ozone formation potential (OFP). The spatial distribution of the emissions shows the emissions and OFPs are mainly concentrated in the urban and industrial areas along the Yangtze River and around Hangzhou Bay. The industrial sources, including power plants other fuel combustion facilities, and non-combustion processes contribute about 97 %, 86 %, 89 %, 91 %, and 69 % of the total SO sub(2), NO sub(x), PM sub(10), PM sub(2.5), and VOC emissions. Vehicles take up 12.3 % and 12.4 % of the NO sub(x) and VOC emissions, respectively. Regarding OFPs, the chemical industry, domestic use of paint & printing, and gasoline vehicles contribute 38 %, 24 %, and 12 % to the ozone formation in the YRD region.

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