How green is a chemical reaction? Application of LCA to green chemistry

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Abstract

In the present work Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is used in order to evaluate a chemical reaction from an environmental point of view. The objective is to assess the usefulness of this methodology as an environmental tool to be applied to green chemistry. As an example, two routes of obtaining maleic anhydride are compared using LCA, to ascertain which one is the most environmentally friendly. From the results obtained in this work it can be concluded that LCA seems to be a valuable tool for the environmental assessment of a chemical reaction, because it takes into account all the life cycle stages of the process and discusses the impact of the environmental burdens inventoried according to a diversity of impact categories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5517-5520
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume36
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2002

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