Establishing an industry baseline for synthetic rubber

CASE STUDY | For the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Products (IISRP), PRé conducted four LCAs on different types of synthetic rubber. This empowers IISRP’s 60 members to respond to customer queries about their environmental impacts.

March 09, 2015


Understanding The Impacts Of The Different Types Of Synthetic Rubber

International trade organizations, such as the International Institute for Synthetic Rubber Products, are uniquely positioned to significantly improve transparency for an entire industry. IISRP has 60 members and affiliates in 22 countries, producing over 80% of the world’s synthetic rubber. When members were increasingly asked for information regarding product environmental impacts, IISRP decided to step in.


Reports To Improve Internal And External Communication

For IISRP, PRé conducted four LCAs to understand the life cycles of four different types of rubber. To do so, we collected production data from 38 facilities in three continents, assessed key drivers of environmental impacts for each type of rubber, and provided data on the metrics of total energy demand, climate change, eutrophication and acidification.



This information was collated into various reports that strengthen the internal and external communication of IISPR’s members, to meet the increasing customer demand for sustainability information.


For more information on the approach and results of this study, and its business value, please read the full case study (pdf) or contact our experts.

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