Minimising Waste

This can be achieved in many different ways, some more applicable to new plants under development.

  • Investigating alternative reactions with higher yield or atom economy link to atom economy characteristic
  • Researching the types of solvents that could be used, or if one is needed at all
  • Examining opportunities for recycling materials link to recycling characteristic within the process
  • Designing efficient use of energy link to energy reduction characteristic
  • Continual process optimisation to increase yield and make better use of by-products
  • Regular maintenance of equipment like pipe joints and valves
  • Procedural changes to reduce spills
  • Maintaining cooling efficiency on distillation
photo: checking a valve for leaks

Some examples of waste reduction

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