Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) can be produced in the primary aluminium reduction process, during events referred to as anode effects. An anode effect is a process upset condition, where an insufficient amount of alumina is dissolved in the electrolyte bath. This causes the voltage in the pot to be elevated above the normal operating range, resulting in the emission of gases containing the PFCs tetrafluoromethane (CF4) and hexafluoroethane (C2F6).

Data Use

The data presented here is not suitable for life cycle assessment (LCA) purposes, rather data from the IAI life cycle inventory (LCI) report ( or from alternative sources, such as regional aluminium associations or life cycle data providers, should be used.

Source of Data

The data included in this IAI Statistical Report have been developed according to methodologies described in the IAI’s annual Anode Effect Survey Report, based on reported data (

Data Aggregation

The IAI Statistical System is designed to meet the requirement that, in general, individual company data be included only within appropriately aggregated totals and not be reported separately. PFC Emissions are aggregated by different technologies as follows:

  • CWPB: Centre Worked Prebake – Bar broken centre feed
  • PFPB: Centre Worked Prebake – Point centre feed
  • SWPB: Side Worked Prebake
  • HSS: Horizontal Stud Soderberg
  • VSS: Vertical Stud Soderberg

Data Integrity

Past IAI reports have used the recommended UNFCCC GWPs which are based on Climate Change 1995, The Science of Climate Change: Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary of the Working Group I Report, page 22. (see reference and these values are still the recommended values for parties to the Convention to report GHG emissions data. The IPCC AR4 issued in 2007 published updated GWP values and these are the values currently adopted by IAI, 7390 for CF4 and 12,200 for C2F6.

The IAI considers the figures shown to be reliable, but they may be subject to revision.