Nuts and bolts of chemical process pollution prevention: An environmentally benign approach

Author(s): G. Saraswathy

The objective of this paper is to provide practical strategies for preventing waste and reducing energy consumption in chemical manufacturing facilities. The examples are drawn frommore than 400 case studies contained in the ChemAlliance, a database of pollution prevention and environmental best management practices. The paper emphasizes the need for an engineering approach to Pollution Prevention (commonly called PP or P2) opportunity identification, which builds upon an understanding of common process and “root causes” for waste and emissions, and provides practical, commercially proven techniques for how to eliminate these root causes in both new and existing chemical process facilities.

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