VOCs and outdoor air quality

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemical substances that can evaporate under normal atmospheric conditions. On a global basis, the major source of VOCs is from natural emissions (e.g. from pine trees or agriculture) or transport fuel, with a small portion coming from solvents.

VOCs have minimal direct impact on the environment. It is their interaction with other factors in the atmosphere that may affect the environment.

Although solvents cover a wide variety of substances, our VOC focus will be on oxygenated and hydrocarbon solvents, the only solvents produced by ExxonMobil Chemical. Jayflex™ plasticizers, Exxal™ alcohols and ExxonMobil™ neo acids are not very volatile by nature and generally not used as solvents.