Toward concise metrics for the production of chemicals from renewable biomass

R.A. Sheldon, J.P.M. Sanders

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Abstract

The development of a set of sustainability metrics for quickly evaluating the production of commodity chemicals from renewable biomass is described. The method is based on four criteria: material and energy efficiency, land use and process economics. The method will be used for comparing the sustainability of the production of seven commodity chemicals – lactic acid, 1-butanol, propylene glycol, succinic acid, acrylonitrile, isoprene and methionine – from fossil feedstocks (crude oil or natural gas) versus renewable biomass.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-6
JournalCatalysis today
Volume239
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • eco-efficiency analysis
  • green chemistry
  • organic-synthesis
  • atom economy
  • catalysis
  • future
  • routes
  • waste
  • basf

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