January 2011


What are the strategies for sustainable chemical production?

New environmental challenges require a new way of thinking by the hydrocarbon processing industry

Nair, M. P. Sukumaran, Special Secretary to Government of Kerala, and Chairman, Chemical Engineering Division Board of the Institution of Engineers

Globally speaking, there is an exalted awareness of environmental degradation caused by industrial activities including the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). Scientists and environmental groups are linking industrial activity as the potential source for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain and acidification, eutrophication, soil degradation, technological hazards, chemical mists and fog. Some climate experts and other scientists believe that these conditions may pose potential damage to human beings. Indeed, this potential effect is the topic of many discussions at both national and international forums. Environmental considerations assume significan

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