Renewable and Sustainable Citrus Oils

Citrus oils are the essential oils expressed from peels of citrus fruit during the juicing process.  These natural oils are 100% biobased, renewable and sustainable.  Citrus fruit contain carbon sequestered from the atmosphere as the fruit grow on the trees.  The carbon in citrus oils is ultimately returned to the environment with no net release of fossil-based carbon, only biobased carbon in the form of carbon dioxide as the cycle of growth and harvest is sustained.  Flavors, fragrances and other products based on citrus oils have an extremely small carbon footprint, or in other words, a low potential to contribute to global warming. Examples of citrus oils include cold pressed orange oil, cold pressed grapefruit oil, and citrus terpenes (d-limonene).

The citrus crop is harvested every year and is fully renewable.  In addition, utilizing the peel for citrus oils and cattle feed is a sustainable practice and does not consume a human food crop.  Citrus oils are employed as alternative feedstocks for many different value-added products.

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We are excited to announce the publication of “Life Cycle Assessment – Renewable and Sustainable Citrus Oil” on the RCPA website.

RCPA’s Life Cycle Assessment was featured in Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog.

What is the Renewable Citrus Products Association?

The Renewable Citrus Products Association (RCPA) represents companies which grow citrus or process, import, distribute and/or use citrus by-products. The main purpose of the RCPA is to promote the benefits of citrus oils for use in flavors and fragrances, consumer cleaning products and other commercial products. The RCPA is organized to proactively address the legislative and regulatory issues of the citrus oils industry at the federal, state and international levels.

The RCPA promotes the truth about citrus oils; that they are 100% biobased, biodegradable, natural, renewable and above all, sustainable.