European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG) EF LCA Database
Data stock: EF_SOLVENTS_3_1_PUBLIC

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Data set: n-Butanol (01.02.000)

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Full name
n-Butanol; Oxo synthesis, from propylene with rhodium catalyst; Production mix, at plant; 0.81 g/cm3, 74.12 g/mol
Reference year
Valid until
Reference flow(s)
LCI result
LCIA results included?
Materials production / Organic chemicals
C4H10O, CAS 71-36-3, butyl alcohol
Use advice for data set
Notice: this data set supersedes the EF3.0-compliant version (see link under "preceding data set version" below calculated with the EF3.0). The life cycle inventory is not changed from the original EF3.0 data set. The LCIA results are calculated based on the EF3.1 methods which provide updated characterisation factors in the following impact categories: Climate Change, Ecotoxicity freshwater, Photochemical Ozone Formation, Acidification, Human Toxicity non-cancer, and Human Toxicity cancer. The review report and the data quality ratings refer to the original results. The data set has been updated by the European Commission on the basis of the original EF3.0 data set delivered by the data provider. This dataset has been developed by an industry association and has NOT been officially tendered by EC. An officially tendered data set for the same product is already available at Commission recommends using the officially tendered dataset. ESIG confirms this dataset was developed in compliance with the Guide for EF compliant data sets ( The datasets are specifically designed for these methodological requirements (see above) and the related LCIA methods (listed below) recommended in EF.
Data set use approval
No official approval by producer or operator
General comment
The data set covers all relevant process steps / technologies over the supply chain of the represented cradle to gate inventory with a very good overall data quality. The inventory is based on representative industry data collected for OSPA (Oxygenated Solvent Producers Association) and the following member companies: BASF SE, Germany INEOS Oxide, Switzerland, OQ Chemicals GmbH, Germany. This primary data is completed by secondary background datasets.
LCI Method Principle
LCI Method Approaches
  • Not applicable
  • Allocation - net calorific value
  • Allocation - exergetic content
  • Allocation - market value
  • Allocation - mass
Completeness of product model
No statement
  • Independent review panel by
    Data quality indicators
    • Overall quality: Very good - 1.3
    • Methodological appropriateness and consistency: Not applicable
    • Precision: Very good - 1.0
    • Completeness: Not applicable
    • Geographical representativeness: Very good - 1.0
    • Time representativeness: Very good - 1.5
    • Technological representativeness: Good - 1.7
License and access conditions
License type
Free of charge for some user types or use types
Access information
Owner of data set
Technical purpose
The product is mainly used for solvent applications.
Input Products
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Compliance systems
  • Environmental Footprint 3.1 (Overall compliance: Not defined)
  • ILCD Data Network - Entry-level (Overall compliance: Fully compliant)
  • ISO 14040 Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment – Principles and Framework, 2006 (Overall compliance: Fully compliant)
  • ISO 14044:2006. Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment – Requirements and guidelines. (Overall compliance: Fully compliant)
  • Suggestions for updating the PEF method 2019 (Overall compliance: Fully compliant)
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