Environmental assessment of bio-polyethylene production in Brazil

Client: A major chemicals company
Our client has recently started production of polyethylene from Brazilian sugarcane-based bioethanol, and required a more in-depth environmental impacts study using actual supply chain and production process data to augment an earlier theoretical study. We performed a classical life cycle assessment looking at global warming potential, abiotic depletion potential, acidification potential, eutrophication potential, human toxicity potential and ecotoxicity; an analysis of the indirect land-use impacts of using sugarcane to produce chemicals; and a water footprint study focusing on the sustainability of the local water usage.

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