Tools and Guidelines


Tool to Calculate Carbon Dioxide “Backpack” of Methanol

The International Methanol Producers and Consumers Association (IMPCA) has teamed up with the consultant company Studio Gear Up to develop a groundbreaking tool. This tool allows for the determination of the fossil carbon dioxide footprint associated with methanol production. By considering various factors such as feedstock material, conversion technologies, and the ultimate use of methanol as either fuel or precursor to other materials, this tool offers valuable insights into the environmental impact of methanol.

The best part about this tool is that it is available for free download. This means that individuals and organizations alike can access it and utilize its powerful features to evaluate the carbon footprint of methanol production. By doing so, they can make informed decisions and contribute towards a more sustainable future.

Methanol carbon footprint and certification Guidance download.


REACH and the Importance of Compliance

The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, which came into force in June 2007, has had a significant impact on the European chemistry industry. This new chemical policy mandates that producers and importers register substances being manufactured or imported in quantities above one tonne. Failure to comply with REACH not only poses the risk of business loss but also potential legal action in the future.


The Evolution of Methanol Specifications: Adapting to Changing Market Dynamics

It is crucial to recognize that all legal entities producing or importing methanol into the EU are obligated to register, including consumers importing the product themselves. To assist companies in meeting their REACH obligations, the CEFIC Methanol Sector Group, the Methanol Institute, and the International Methanol Producers and Consumers Association (IMPCA) have collaborated to establish a consortium that provides vital support for navigating the REACH process.

An integral part of this process involved collecting Safety, Health, and Environmental data on methanol. The Registration Authorities urged the industry to produce a common dossier containing this data to streamline the registration process.

The REACH registration process comprised two stages:



All legal entities producing methanol in the EU and those importing methanol into the EU were required to pre-register with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) between 1st June and 1st December 2008.


Full Registration

This stage needed registrants to submit a comprehensive dossier containing technical, safety, and environmental risk evaluation data on methanol, including exposure scenarios for different derivative uses, before 1st December 2010.


Guidance and Support for REACH Compliance

To facilitate efficient data collection and sharing in accordance with the REACH regulation, a Methanol Consortium was formed to prepare the necessary dossier for use by its members during registration. The Consortium engaged REACH Centrum to manage its secretariat.

For further information, please visit REACH Centrum’s website. Additional information can also be found on the following links:

Methanol carbon footprint and certification Guidance download.

European Chemical Industry Council

EU Commission REACH Regulation

ECHA European Chemicals Agency

Methanol Institute

Join IMPCA and Fuel Success

Discover the benefits of becoming an IMPCA member and how to join.


Find answers to frequently asked questions about methanol and IMPCA’s role.

What is IMPCA?

IMPCA is the International Methanol Producers and Consumers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the global methanol industry. They provide valuable resources and support in regulatory and environmental matters.

How to join IMPCA?

To join IMPCA, please visit our Join Us page and fill out the membership application form. Membership is open to companies involved in various aspects of methanol production, marketing, distribution, and use.

What is REACH compliance?

REACH compliance refers to the regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals in the European Union. IMPCA assists companies in streamlining the registration process for methanol importers and producers in the EU.

How to calculate carbon footprint?

IMPCA and Studio Gear Up have developed a free tool to calculate methanol’s carbon footprint. This tool aids in environmental impact assessments and supports companies in understanding their carbon emissions.

What are the benefits of joining IMPCA?

By joining IMPCA, companies gain access to a global network of industry professionals, valuable resources, and support in regulatory and environmental matters. They also have the opportunity to participate in international meetings and conferences.