To provide a method of producing a carbonate in an industrially advantageous manner, in which decomposition reaction of a catalyst by by- produced water and hydrolysis reaction (reverse reaction) are suppressed and, a desired carbonate can be obtained in an increased yield and the reaction can be carried out in a homogeneous system capable of readily controlling the reaction operation.
This method of producing a carbonate comprises combining (i) a step for reacting an alcohol with carbon dioxide in the presence of a metal catalyst to obtain the carbonate with (ii) a step for cooling the reaction solution obtained from the above reaction step, (iii) a step for dehydrating the reaction solution cooled by the above cooling step and (iv) a step for recycling the reaction solution dehydrated by the dehydration step to the above reaction step (i).
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