hydrogen peroxide production, product in 50% solution state, UPR, ecoinvent 3.6, Undefined

ISIC4 categories:
C:Manufacturing/20:Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products/201:Manufacture of basic chemicals, fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, plastics and synthetic rubber in primary forms/2011:Manufacture of basic chemicals
RER - Europe
Reference year: 1995 - 1995

Location: RER - Europe
This dataset represents the production of 1 kg of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a colourless liquid with a slightly sharp odour at higher concentrations. Due to its characteristics as a strong oxidising agent, hydrogen peroxide is widely used as a bleaching agent in the paper and the textile industry. Further important uses are e.g. wastewater treatment, disinfection applications or hydrometallurgical processes. In dilute solutions H2O2 acts as a very efficient antiseptic.
This dataset is based on a study performed by EMPA and Boustead Consulting, commissioned by CEFIC, and contains data from 8 European producers of hydrogen peroxide.
Althaus H.-J., Chudacoff M., Hischier R., Jungbluth N., Osses M. and Primas A. (2007) Life Cycle Inventories of Chemicals. ecoinvent report No. 8, v2.0. EMPA Dübendorf, Swiss Centre for Life Cycle Inventories, Dübendorf, CH.
Boustead I. and Fawer M. (1998) Ecoprofile of hydrogen peroxide. Peroxygens - a sector group of CEFIC, Brussels (Belgium), Online-Version under: http://www.cefic.org/sector/peroxy/ecohydro/tc.htm.
Undefined unit processes (UPRs) are the unlinked, multi-product activity datasets that form the basis for all of the system models available in the ecoinvent database. This is the way the datasets are obtained and entered into the database by the data providers. These activity datasets are useful for investigating the environmental impacts of a specific activity (gate-to-gate), without regard to its upstream or downstream impacts.


The most common technique for the production of hydrogen peroxide is the autooxidation (AO) or anthraquinone process. In a first step, hydrogen peroxide is produced by reducing alkylanthraquinone with hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst to the hydrochinone. Then the catalyst is removed and the hydrochinone is oxidised – usually with air – back to the origin quinone and in the same time hydrogen peroxide is produced. The quinones can then be re-hydrolysed again. The whole reaction takes place in a working solution that consists of a mixture of various solvents (i.e. parts are aromatic solvents). The whole process is exothermic. In a second step, hydrogen peroxide is extracted from the working solution and concentrated. Both steps are included in this dataset.

Process type
Supported nomenclature
ecoinvent 3.6
LCI modeling approach
Before modeling
Multifunctional modeling
Aggregation type
Data provider
Review status
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