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Abstract

The key questions answered in this study are to what extent biocatalytic processes will be used in European industries in the future, and what impact on the environment can be expected. More specifically, the study examines which sectors hold good potential for the use of biocatalyst in production processes, and how sizeable this potential is. The results from the generic archetypical production processes, which characterise particular sectors, are used in the estimates of future potentials for environmental effects on a European level. They display significant potential reductions in both chemical input and wastewater effluents. Not only is it possible to substitute away large amounts of chemicals, but real savings can also be made with respect to valuable resources like energy and water. The introduction of biocatalysts has in sum proven to be a powerful tool as part of an overall strategy for greening the European industry.

This report is published by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES). The full text is available online at:ftp://ftp.jrc.es/pub/EURdoc/eur20407en.pdf

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Authors: VIGSOE D, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) / Kvistgaard Consult, Lyngby (DK);JÜRGENSEN E, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) / Kvistgaard Consult, Lyngby (DK);KVISTGAARD M, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) / Kvistgaard Consult, Lyngby (DK);WOLF O (EDITOR), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20407 EN (2002), pp.82. Free of charge
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Record Number: 200215325 / Last updated on: 2002-10-21
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en