Chemical Leasing Toolkit

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Task 1: Identify potential chemicals and processes

The first task is to collect information on the chemicals used in your company and the related costs.

This should include data on:

  • the different processes and the chemicals used
  • the quantities and prices of chemicals the company buys.


The information collected should not include data on:

  • processes that cannot be modified (e.g. if there are norms or standard recipes that define chemical application)
  • confidential processes.


Processes that are part of a Chemical Leasing plan are often non-core processes in the company, such as:

  • conveyor lubrication in the beverage industry
  • water treatment
  • cleaning and disinfection in hotels and hospitals
  • surface protection and treatment in metal finishing
  • bonding of packaging in the food and beverage sector.


Table 1 below provides an overview of chemicals, processes, and sectors where Chemical Leasing has been applied successfully, based on information available to UNIDO up to 2014. The list is not exclusive but is intended to help companies identify potential areas for Chemical Leasing application.


Table 1. Chemicals, processes, and sectors to which Chemical Leasing has been applied successfully

Categories of chemicals Processes Examples of sectors/subsectors
Adhesives Packaging/Bonding Food and beverage sector
Building construction (e.g. for bonding of windows)
Manufacture of footwear
Manufacture of wood products
Labeling Food and beverage sector
Detergents, disinfection materials Cleaning/washing

Accommodation (Tourism) sector
Healthcare sector

Food and beverage sector
Solvents and detergents Manufacture of fabricated metal products
Automotive industry
Detergents, disinfection materials Laundry Accommodation (Tourism) sector
Healthcare sector
Oils, greases Lubrication Mining and quarrying
Other types of lubricants Lubrication of packaging conveyor Food and beverage sector
Powder coatings, solvent -
and water-based paints,
chemicals for phosphating
Surface protection Manufacture of fabricated metal products
Manufacture of vehicles and machinery
Manufacture of wood products
Manufacture of electrical equipment
Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
Inks Printing Publishing and printing
Coagulants, flocculants, defoamers, Waste water treatment Different sectors
Bore hole chemicals (e.g. calcium bromide,
zinc bromide, cesium formate)
Oil drilling Oil and gas field services
Catalysts Chemical reactions Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products

The identified processes and chemicals are the basis for further analysis.

If you have identified potential chemicals and process(es), continue with Task 2 – Pre-assess chemicals and processes