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Characterisation Method Information
Characterisation Method Name:
Propylene impact on wood
Version:
1999
Date Completed:
1999
Principal Method Name:
EPS: global warming and fertilisation pathways
Method Description:
Model

The characterisation factor is determined by an equivalency method using CO2 as a
reference. There are two pathways for CO2s impact on forest growth. One is the global
warming and the other is CO2 fertilisation. The CO2 fertilisation is more than 30 times as efficient as the global warming. Considering the GWP100 (Global warming potential) for propylene being 11 and the equivalency for CO2 fertilisation being 46*3/42 = 3.29, the CO2 fertilisation pathway is still 10 times as efficient. Therefore the model will focus on the equivalency with CO2 in the fertilising aspect.

Equivalency factor

The equivalency for CO2 fertilisation was calculated above to 46*3/42 = 3.29. 46*3 is the molecular weight of 3 CO2 and 42 the molecular weight of butadiene. (Each propylene molecule will give 3 CO2 molecules when it is oxidised). It is assumed that all propylene is oxidised sooner or later to CO2 and water.

Calculation of characterisation factor

As the fertilisation pathway specific characterisation factor of CO2 for wood is 3.93E-02 kg wood/kg CO2 we obtain the pathway specific characterisation factor of propylene to wood to 3.29*(-3.93E-02 ) = -1.29E-01 kg wood/kg propylene.
Literature Reference:
Steen B (1999b): A systematic approach to environmental priority strategies in product development (EPS). Version 2000 Models and data of the default method CPM report Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
Methodological Range:
The pathway modelled is via global warming. The same system borders as for CO2 is used i.e. 100 years.
Notes:

Existing Characterisation Factors of Propylene impact on wood
Characterisation Parameter Category Indicator Impact Indication Principle Aspect Substance Quantity Unit Notes
CFactor Wood EPS/2000
Type = Emission
Direction = Output
Media = Air
Geography = *
Propylene -1.29E-01 kg/kg 2 pathways