ESRG Study "Carbon Footprints of Recycled Solvents"

Köln, (PresseBox) - The European Solvent Recycler Group in cooperation with ETHOS Research (UK) has released a study "CARBON FOOTPRINTS OF RECYCLED SOLVENTS" which focuses on waste organic solvents and compares the environmental impacts of recycled and virgin materials. Using life cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool, the paper demonstrates that solvent recycling leads to significant environmental benefits compared with using virgin solvents, including a much lower carbon footprint. The LCA results show that, depending on the solvent the carbon footprint of recycled substances is 46-92% lower than that for the respective virgin material. The full report can be downloaded from The study will be presented on the Exhibition Floor at the 2014 Chemspec Europe event in Budapest at a two day international RSC Symposium (UK Royal Society of Chemistry) 18.- 19. June organised in association with Chemistry Innovation and the Green Chemistry Network. (

The ESRG was founded in 2004 under the aegis of the German Association for Chemical Distributors (VCH) joining professional members engaged in a wide range of solvent recovery activities. The group's aim is to promote the safe and economic management of post-use solvents. More information at

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