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Periodic Graphics: Environmental impact of industrial reactions

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning lists the top five chemical products in terms of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during synthesis.

by Andy Brunning
June 17, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 24

 

 
 

 

To download a pdf of this article, visit http://cenm.ag/industrialimpact.


References used to create this graphic:

Energy and GHG Reductions in the Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes

Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator


A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest

To see more of Brunning’s work, go to compoundchem.com. To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit http://cenm.ag/periodicgraphics.

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Comments
Pavel R. (June 19, 2019 1:58 AM)
Since 2010 methanol production almost doubled reaching 100 million tons in 2019: https://www.methanol.org/methanol-price-supply-demand/
It appears to be a 3rd largest process by scale and 2nd-3rd in energy consumption.
Andy Brunning (June 19, 2019 4:46 PM)
Thanks, that's an interesting point to note! Unfortunately, we were unable to find consistent figures for all the processes featured from later than 2010 for this graphic, which is why we ended up using those.
Praha (June 19, 2019 8:41 PM)
Good info. Always worth reading and refreshing our knowledge.
Was also wondering which one might have a high (bad) impact to environment: aromatics or alkenes?
thank you
regards

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