Specialty cardanol grade, NX-2026, showed favorable results compared to petro-based counterpart in a recent life cycle analysis (LCA) conducted by the nova-Institut in Germany. LCA is a process to evaluate and quantify the environmental burdens associated with a product, process, or activity by identifying and quantifying energy and materials used and wastes released to the environment during their life cycle.
A cradle-to-gate scenario (cultivation of cashew trees to factory gate) showed that the use of NX-2026 instead of nonyl phenol significantly reduces Global Warming Potential due to the uptake of CO2 by cashew trees. NX-2026 also showed lower abiotic depletion potential of fossil fuels than nonyl phenol.
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