Global speciality chemicals company Kuraray ( has had a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) carried out for its Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) products that are manufactured in Europe: Kuraray Poval™ (polyvinyl alcohol, PVOH)


The aim of this assessment, which is based on the cradle-to-gate approach, is to evaluate the sustainability of Kuraray’s products and identify further potential for improvements.

 CO2 Footprint

The “total climate change” value calculated for 1 kg Kuraray Poval™ is 2.43 kg CO2 equivalent for the year 2021 and 2.41 kg CO2  for 2022. This means that the carbon footprint of Kuraray Poval™ (made in Frankfurt, Germany) is 30% lower than the average given for PVOH in a renowned database. 

At the same time, these figures show that the carbon footprint of Kuraray's oil-based PVOH is many times lower than that of coal-based PVOH variants on the market. Kuraray presents detailed results of the LCA in a free brochure.

>> Find out more in our Kuraray Poval™ brochures