Eastman continuously strives to enhance the sustainability of our products and manufacturing processes. Eastman uses life cycle assessment (LCA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of our products throughout their life cycles and the value chain—from raw material and resource extraction to manufacture, and when possible, downstream retail and distribution, consumer use, and end of life.
Consistent with Eastman's holistic sustainability strategy, the LCA team has evaluated programs being implemented in 2020 and beyond related to the circular economy. The studies have shown that in terms of carbon footprint, Eastman's Carbon renewal technology (CRT) is 20-50% advantaged over conventional production of syngas in Kingsport and that Polyester renewal technology (PRT) can be more than 30% advantaged for monomers compared to conventional production.
Life cycle analyses play an active role in helping Eastman navigate a transition to a more circular economy while furthering its continued commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions across all its operations.
Methodology for LCA