Updates and maintenance

While Eco-profiles are expected to be valid for a number of years due to the long life spans of installations and capital investments, technological changes in the plastics industry require intermittent updates: some plants have been upgraded, whilst others have closed; new technology has been implemented, in particular cleaner fuels and emission reduction. Further, the quality of data improves as a consequence of monitoring and benchmarking programmes. Finally, the dynamic nature of the petrochemical industry, its global markets and the sophisticated inter-relation of the different production units imply that Eco-profile data are subject to continuous change. Eco-profile database management ensures that data are internally consistent and updates account for changes in upstream industries, utilities, production process technologies and methodological best practices.

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