Environmental Industry Articles

Air & Climate

Why did GHG emissions decrease in the EU between 1990 and 2012?

Why did GHG emissions decrease in the EU between 1990 and 2012?

Total GHG emissions (excluding LULUCF) in the EU decreased substantially since 1990, reaching their lowest level in 2012. The EU emitted 4,544 million tonnes of CO2 eq. in 2012, accounting for less than 10% of global GHG emissions1. Figure ...


Energy & Renewables

The challenge of local content examined: a Spanish solution in South Africa

The challenge of local content examined: a Spanish solution in South Africa

Spanish engineering, procurement and construction companies’ long track record in the concentrated solar power (CSP) sector provides them with a distinctive advantage to develop large-scale projects around the world. In addition, it ...


Environmental Management

Demystifying the dis-domestication of consumer products

Demystifying the dis-domestication of consumer products

Prolonging the lifespan of products is vital in order to decouple economic success from environmental impact, according to Marie Hebrok of the National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO) in Oslo, Norway. Writing in the Journal of ...


Health & Safety

Reducing Mercury Impacts in Small-Scale Gold Mining

Reducing Mercury Impacts in Small-Scale Gold Mining

Despite knowing full well the dangers of mercury, millions of small-scale gold miners across the globe continue to use the metal to separate gold from ore - usually because they have little other choice. The mercury is mixed into ore and ...


Monitoring & Testing

Quantitative Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds in Drinking Water by EPA Method with Headspace Trap GC-MS

Quantitative Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds in Drinking Water by EPA Method with Headspace Trap GC-MS

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) refer to a group of easily vapourised organic compounds. Under atmospheric pressure, these compounds boil below 250C. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to the VOCs could increase the risk of ...


Soil & Groundwater

Deadly Hexavalent Chromium in Soil

Deadly Hexavalent Chromium in Soil

Merging technologies will change over Hexavalent Chromium in soil to Trivalent Chromium, effectively stopping Hexavalent Chromium from becoming dangerously airborne or becoming even more deadly by migrating into the water table. There are ...


Waste & Recycling

Food Waste Collection Innovations

Food Waste Collection Innovations

As more food waste diversion programs roll out in the residential and commercial sectors, manufacturers and suppliers are responding with new collection and container tools. The weight and moisture content of food waste have led to ...


Water & Wastewater

Ultrafiltration reclaims oily process water; reducing operating costs and environmental impact

Ultrafiltration reclaims oily process water; reducing operating costs and environmental impact

Challenge An industry-leading manufacturer of industrial-grade fastening systems discovers a better way to recycle  washwater - reducing fresh water consumption by 130,000 gallons annually and reclaim machining oil by using ...


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