Newly released study compares Carbon Footprint of Recycled Antifreeze vs. Virgin Antifreeze

ORG CHEM Group commissioned a study to compare the carbon footprint of its recycled antifreeze vs. virgin antifreeze. The carbon footprints were measured by analyzing energy consumption from the two processes. The results pointed to recycled antifreeze having a lower carbon footprint.

ORG CHEM Group commissioned a study to compare the carbon footprint of its recycled antifreeze vs. virgin antifreeze. The carbon footprints were measured by analyzing energy consumption from the two processes. The results pointed to recycled antifreeze having a lower carbon footprint. Fleet managers can help meet their organizations' scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets by purchasing recycled antifreeze.


Recycled antifreeze fits within many purchasing guidelines, like those followed by the US government. Furthermore, recycled motor oil serves as a precedent for recycled chemical products that took time to gain acceptance and are now commonplace.

Due to data limitations, a cradle-to-grave comparison was not possible, making the following comparison conservative. Despite the conservative approach, results indicate that recycled antifreeze can help reduce and meet scope 3 emission reduction targets.

The carbon footprint of the recycled EG antifreeze was 28% less than virgin refined EG antifreeze based on the cradle-to-gate comparison conducted.

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Table 1: Emissions comparison

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Virgin EG (kg CO2e/gal) = 6.026

ORG CHEM Group's recycled EG (kg CO2e/gal) = 4.339

% Difference = 28%

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Several differences in available information (explained within the report) precipitated a conservative approach for comparing the two products.

The lower carbon footprint of recycled antifreeze in this case can assist organizations that seek to reduce their overall carbon impact, particularly with lowering scope 3 emissions achieved by purchasing less carbon intensive products.

ORG CHEM Group is a technology based, environmentally conscious company that specializes in recycled antifreeze and the distillation of numerous types of materials with an emphasis on high boiling or heat sensitive materials.

For more information, contact Mark Buczek, mbuczek@chem-group.com or visit www.chem-group.com

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