May 2019


Editorial Comment: Sustainability: The latest creation in advancing ideas

Over the past few months, Hydrocarbon Processing’s editorial staff has traveled thousands of miles to attend numerous conferences, events, users’ groups, groundbreakings, etc.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past few months, Hydrocarbon Processing’s editorial staff has traveled thousands of miles to attend numerous conferences, events, users’ groups, groundbreakings, etc. One dominant theme in these events is the drive for sustainability.

The question then arises: What is sustainability? Each company defines what sustainability means to its operations. For example, one company might look at sustainability as the need to find new chemical technologies to recycle plastics, while a different company sees sustainability as incorporating the latest digital technologies to improve reliability and safety. Sustainability can fall into economic terms in relation to prices and/or costs. For example, a chief financial officer might see increasing costs as impending doom for their company’s profitability.

In other words, it is all relative to a company’s long-term goals. No matter what path a company takes towards sustainability, the term is one of the crucial aspects within the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). As each company has or is developing a somewhat different definition of what sustainability means to its operations, Hydrocarbon Processing defines “Sustainability in the HPI” as the process of managing available resources, investments and technologies to maintain and optimize operations for greater safety, reliability, efficiency and environmental and social awareness.

Since the impact of sustainability is a major driver of investment in new technologies, safety and the well-being of the environment, Hydrocarbon Processing is announcing the creation of a new topic within its pages: HP Sustainability. Throughout its 97-yr publishing life, Hydrocarbon Processing has documented the latest technologies within the area of sustainable refinery and plant operations. Although listed by several different names within the journal (Environment and Safety, Clean Fuels, Maintenance and Reliability, Process Optimization, Water Management, etc.), most technical articles and columns have focused on the sustainability of plant operations, whether it is through optimizing licensed processes or troubleshooting maintenance issues.

Beginning in July, Hydrocarbon Processing will begin publishing articles and columns within the new HP Sustainability section. This section will focus on numerous aspects of sustainability, including the circular economy, plastics recycling, alternative fuels, biofuels, water management, carbon/emissions mitigation technologies, digital enhancements to improve sustainable operations, etc.

We need your help

This new section is not possible without you. Hydrocarbon Processing has always relied on our global reach of authors to broadcast the latest technologies in the HPI. This is your chance to showcase sustainable tools, resources, technologies and workflow to the largest circulation in the refining and petrochemical industries.

Readers of Hydrocarbon Processing are global leaders in the creation of innovative ideas and operations optimization. Without your knowledge and expertise, the HPI would not be able to provide the crucial products that make modern life possible.

Should you or your colleagues be interested in providing editorial for Hydrocarbon Processing’s new HP Sustainability section, please feel free to contact our editorial staff at Editors@Hydrocarbon Like you, Hydrocarbon Processing strives to be the leader in the latest technologies that will optimize and advance our industry.

Sustainability is not a new term, but its emphasis in the present marketplace is the catalyst for creating this new section within Hydrocarbon Processing. Our editors hope you will join us in spreading the message of what sustainability is, and how companies around the world can better their services and operations to boost sustainable operations. HP

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