Teijin Limited announced that it has started to carry out a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of its carbon fibers to calculate their total carbon emissions, an industry first. Teijin previously calculated the carbon footprint of its carbon fibers used in sports,recreational and industrial applications and more recently its carbon fiber filaments used in aircraft applications, which will make it possible to now calculate emissions for all of its carbon fiber filament applications.
Teijin’s LCA methodology has been certified by an independent third-party organization in accordance with the ISO14040 and ISO14044 standards and will provide customers with reliable emission data on Teijin’s carbon fiber filaments to help them evaluate their own footprints. Teijin’s LCA is useful in identifying carbon hotspots in manufacturing processes and evaluating options for emissions reduction.
Looking ahead, Teijin expects to expand its LCA scope beyond carbon fiber filaments to also include intermediate products such as short fibers and prepregs. Furthermore, in cooperation with customers such as final product manufacturers, Teijin eventually plans to evaluate the entire life cycle of its carbon fiber products.