UltraCarb; the sustainable flame retardant solution - LKAB Minerals
Life Cycle Assessment UltraCarb results

A detailed and independently controlled Life Cycle Assessment of UltraCarb showed how significantly more environmental friendly UltraCarb is through a full life cycle when compared to traditional aluminium hydroxide (ATH) flame retardants.

LKAB Minerals develops natural mineral solutions for industrial uses with the ambition to ‘stand out as a sustainable supplier’. Our goal, by commissioning a ‘Life Cycle Assessment’(LCA) for our UltraCarb products,  is therefore to provide transparency and clarity on the use of our product as a sustainable solution.

UltraCarb offers considerable advantages

The conclusions of the analysis speak for themselves. The main takeaways from the report for innovative users of halogen-free flame retardant fillers are mentioned hereafter.

A comparison of the life cycles of UltraCarb and fine precipitated aluminium hydroxide (ATH) shows that UltraCarb has a:

  • 41% reduction in greenhouse impact from CO2
  • 45% lower energy consumption
  • 47% reduction in air acidification
  • 94% less waste produced
  • 97% improvement in stratospheric ozone depletion

Sustainable product solution

“We see UltraCarb as one of the most environmentally-friendly flame retardant solutions in the cable industry. It stands out in comparison with ATH as it offers a considerably lower contribution to the greenhouse effect with less energy consumption. In addition to this, the production process is safe and does not contain the same risks as with ATH. We definitively see results in the market demand, as it fulfils the needs of our customers for sustainable product solutions,” Rob Lammertink, Director for Polymers & Coatings states.

Life Cycle Assessment for UltraCarb

The LCA provided valuable additional insights to complement LKAB Minerals already comprehensive understanding of UltraCarb. More specifically, the assessment not only identifies how each stage of the product’s life consumes energy and raw material, it also quantifies how much solid, liquid and gaseous waste is generated. For this comparative LCA of UltraCarb and ATH, we chose a cradle-to-grave scenario based on their use as fire-retardant fillers in polymer cable sheathing.

The study complied with the ISO 14040 and 14044 standards for a comparative LCA and was reviewed by an independent panel of industry experts. The study not only collect valuable data, but it also gives a transparent and independent perspective to customers on the different solutions available to the market.

Would you like to learn how UltraCarb can improve the sustainable profile of you flame retardant polymer compounds? Please contact your regional sales manager today!

We have also created a short video explaining the benefits of UltraCarb over ATH.