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LCA study shows Vianode graphite production process has a low carbon footprint of 1.9 kg CO2e/kg

Vianode, an advanced battery materials company providing sustainable anode graphite solutions, announced that Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of its planned industrial scale production of graphite verified a climate change impact of 1.9 kg CO2 equivalents per kilogra, graphite produced in Vianode’s process. Feedstock material production and processing are considered the main emission contributors.

This represents a potential CO2 emission reduction of more than 90% compared to conventional fossil-based production according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, the latest LCA results, and internal company analysis data.

Vianode’s synthetic anode graphite production offers a very low CO2 footprint and the potential to contribute to significant emission reductions within the battery and EV value chain without compromising on product quality.

—Lydia Bridges, senior sustainability consultant and graphite specialist at Minviro

Minviro is a recognized environmental consultancy specializing in LCAs for the industrial and battery materials industry.

Sustainable production of anode graphite solutions is key for the green transition of mobility. Graphite makes up around 70 kilograms per battery pack in an EV and represents up to 40% of battery cell emissions based on the average present-day production.

The LCA is a cradle-to-gate scope 1, 2 and 3 production study of the prospective production of battery-grade synthetic anode graphite at Vianode’s planned large-scale production site. This means that the impact is assessed from the point of resource extraction to the factory gate, where the product is packed and loaded onto trucks.

Seven internationally accepted impact categories were interpreted in detail: climate change, water scarcity footprint, land use, acidification potential, particulate matter, fossil resource use and mineral and metal resource use. The study has been certified according to the ISO-14040 and ISO-14044 standards.

Vianode has produced anode graphite solutions at its industrial pilot in Kristiansand, Norway since 2021. Vianode’s Technology Center opened in the same city in 2022 and the next milestone is the opening of the first full-scale production plant at Herøya, Norway, in the second half of 2024. Vianode’s ambition is to produce high-performance anode graphite solutions for 3 million EVs annually by 2030 across Europe and North America.


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