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Life Cycle Assessment of Braskem's 'Green' PE Shows 70% Savings in GHG Emissions

1:31 PM MST | November 19, 2010 | Kara Sissell

Brazilian petrochemicals firm Braskem (São Paulo) and trading company Toyota Tsusho (Nagoya, Japan) say a life-cycle assessment of Braskem’s polyethylene (PE) made from sugarcane-derived ethanol  shows production of the “green” PE contribute fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than PE derived from petroleum, even when global transportation of the product is factored into the equation. An a analysis by the University of Tokyo found the 1 kilogram of green PE emits about 1.35 kilogram of GHG compared with 4.55-5.1 kg of GHG from 1 kg...

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