Many end-of-pipe technologies have been developed or adapted by the Process Industries in response to pressure to improve environmental performance. It is clear that more widespread technological innovation, probably involving fundamental changes, will be required to processing technologies & manufacturing routes if the quality of the environment in which we live is to be improved for future generations.
The purpose of this Test Case was to carry out a detailed assessment of some of the pre-competitive technologies needed to meet the levels of improvement required over the next 5-20 years if the Process Industries are to meet increasingly stringent environmental requirements in an economic manner. The investigation identifies some of the areas in which R&D will have to be carried out to meet the needs of the Process Industries, and sets priorities and schedules the progress to be achieved.
The IMS initiative provides an ideal platform for this study with its emphasis on establishing standards on an international basis. It is well established within Regulatory Authorities, that Best Available Economic Technologies are required for environmental protection and that dual standards should not be observed when operating similar process plants in different parts of the world. International cooperation is also important in this area because of the large number of contributory initiatives already underway or planned; coordination and common direction in this area is of value to all regions of the globe.
Cleaner Manufacturing technologies will also generate economic benefits since they result in savings in the costs associated with raw materials and energy and with waste disposal. Finally, environmentally clean, energy efficient, lean manufacturing processes are inherently efficient and will result in better yields and higher plant utilisation. The benefits of the project will ultimately accrue to the public and to industry.
There is participation in this Test Case from five of the IMS regions: EU, Japan, USA, EEA and Canada.
Very widespread dissemination of results is envisaged with IPRs governed by the standard IMS conditions.
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