Virent is focused on providing the products made from crude oil today in a more sustainable way. Virent employs the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) techniques to evaluate the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with our processes and products. We utilize LCAs in our development process to ensure that our routes are effectively designed and sustainable.
Our analysis includes the processes involved from feedstock production to end product use and all the steps in between. We utilize standard tools and techniques in concert with our in-house capabilities and partners to develop our LCAs. Today the majority of LCAs for biofuels focus on greenhouse gases (GHGs) or carbon intensity (CI). However, we have the tools to look at the broader set of sustainability data from water use to air pollution. The efficient use of resources and energy, together with efficient process design, is helping ensure both economic and ecological benefits from our processes and products.