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China`s VOC Management and Impact on the Chemical Industry

  •   9 Sep 2019
  •    Kai Pflug
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    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a low boiling point (below 250ºC) at atmospheric pressure. While most of them are not acutely toxic, they are known to have negative long-term effects on human health.

    According to a study published in 2017, in China the use of VOC-containing products is the main source of VOC emissions, contributing about 75% of total emissions. Other sources are the production of VOCs (10%), the use of VOCs as raw materials (9%) and storage/transportation of VOCs (5%).

    Several studies show that the concentration of VOCs in China is much higher than in Western countries such as the United States and Germany, indicating that China`s regulatory system for VOCs is lagging behind global standards. As a consequence, China has in the past few years started a number of policies to control VOC pollution.

    Unfortunately, there is no regulation that specifically focuses on VOCs in China. However, government efforts to regulate VOC have found their expression in a number of policy documents:

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    CEO of Management Consulting – Chemicals

    Dr. Kai Pflug is a chemist by educational background. After obtaining a Ph.D. in chemistry and a master in economics, Dr. Pflug first worked as an R&D chemist for five years before moving into management consulting. In 2000, he joined the chemical practice of Arthur D. Little in Germany as a consultant. In 2004, he moved to Shanghai for a niche consulting company, working as their Vice President APAC and establishing a representative office for them. Since 2009, he has been the head of his own consulting company, Management Consulting – Chemicals. The firm exclusively focuses on the chemical industry in China, covering topics such as strategy, marketing, target search and M&A. In his 15 years of living in Shanghai, Kai has conducted more than 100 consulting projects for a multitude of clients from the chemical industry. In addition, Kai has authored more than 200 papers, the majority of which cover some aspect of the chemical industry in China.

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