2.A.6 - Other Mineral Products

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NFR-Code Name of Category Method AD EF Key Category 1
2.A.6 Other Mineral Products T1 NS CS L: TSP

The NFR category 2.A.6 (other) is not comparable with the CRF structure. So the CRF category 2.A.4.a Ceramics production includes the same figures. Information about the key source relevance can be found in 2.A Mineral Industry.

The ceramics industry in Germany is very heterogeneous. It involves a large number of products that are characterized by different fields of application and corresponding chemical compositions. In addition to clay (as the main raw material), sand and other natural raw material amounts, synthetically produced materials such as aluminium oxide and silicon dioxide are also used. The mixture, which is homogenously mixed from primary raw materials and only in small quantities of secondary raw materials, is burned mainly in tunnel kilns and hearth furnaces at kiln temperatures between 1,100 - 1,300 °C.


In contrast to carbon dioxide, emissions of air pollutants are calculated using only the Tier 1 method, since no product-specific data are available and this source category is not a key source. In relation to the quantity produced, bricks and refractory products as well as wall and floor tiles are important.

Activity data

For submission in 2018, the production figures (activity rates) were evaluated as completely as possible by the Federal Statistical Office. In order to complete the data available, the annual production of each product category was determined in the context of an expert study in cooperation with the Federal Statistical Office (J. Gottwald et al., 2017) [1]. Data from the Federal Statistical Office are available in different units (tonnes, square metres, pieces, value) depending on the product. In order to ensure consistent processing of the data, it is necessary to standardize the dimensions in tonnes by using conversion factors.
The conversion factors for facing bricks, backing bricks and roof tiles are calculated differently. On information provided by the Bundesverband der Deutschen Ziegelindustrie e. V. this calculation in respect of technical discussions were fundamentally revised. Up to now, for the conversion of the volume data of the official statistics for the whole time series an average value for the gross density from 1994 is used. Now new average values for the bulk density of backing bricks for the year 2016 (BV Ziegel, 2019). The bulk density has increased over time since 1994 has fallen steadily, which is due to the increase in the proportion of well-insulating lightweight bricks. The Values for raw densities for the years between 1994 and 2016 were interpolated linearly. The brick product group has by far the largest share in the ceramic Total production. A review of the methodology for the other sectors of ceramic industry was not necessary.

Emission factors

Process-related emissions originate in the raw materials for production (normally, locally available loams and clays with varying concentrations of organic impurities and specific raw material mixes). Some EF are documented in detail in a report of a research Project (Stein, Gronewäller, 2010) [2] taking into acount information of industry monitoring. Other EF are based on an expert judgements from UBA due to lack in EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook.

Table 1: Overview of applied emission factors, in kg/t
pollutant Name of Category EF value EF trend
NOx all ceramics 0.177 constant
SO2 all ceramics 0.10 constant
NMVOC all ceramics 0.008 falling
NH3 all ceramics 0.004 constant
TSP all ceramics 0.10 falling
PM10 all ceramics 0.08 falling
PM2.5 all ceramics 0.05 falling

Discussion of emission trends

Advice for NFR-tables: The steep reduction for TSP and SO2 from 1990 to 1991 is not result of ceramic Industry: The source for emissions data of year 1990 for eastern Germany is in cases of TSP and SO2 the last statistic of the GDR for Mineral products and allocated at 2A6-level.


Recalculations were necessary due to revised AD of some products resulting in lower amounts since year 1996.

For more information on recalculated emission estimates for Base Year and 2017, please see the pollutant-specific recalculation tables following chapter 8.1 - Recalculations.

Planned improvements

At the Moment no improvements are planned.

1. J. Gottwald et al., 2017: Prüfung der Vollständigkeit der Berichterstattungskategorie 'Keramische Erzeugnisse' insbesondere feinkeramische Erzeugnisse, Dessau-Roßlau, 2017;
URL: https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/sites/default/files/medien/1968/publikationen/2017-01-19_dokumentationen_01-2017_emissionsrelevanz-feinkeramikbranche.pdf | Document (PDF)
2. Stein, Gronewäller, 2010: Aufbereitung von Daten der Emissionserklärungen gemäß 11. BImSchV aus dem Jahre 2004 für die Verwendung bei der UNFCCC- und UNECE-Berichterstattung
URL: https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/sites/default/files/medien/461/publikationen/3923.pdf
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