Time to prioritise air emissions control

Paul Boughton

Despite a sharp increase in applications for Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permits at the end of last year, some smaller installations, coming under such regulations for the first time, are failing to prioritise air pollution prevention, warns Air Products.

Around 5000 installations are due to fall under the IPPC regime, sector by sector, between now and 2007 and a flood of applications for permits from the organic chemicals process industry was received at the end of last year. This sector includes many solvent-using processes, typically operated by chemicals and pharmaceutical industry manufacturers. While this legislative requirement to prevent air pollution and minimise solvent emissions to air is not new to most major installations, which were previously affected by PPC, the broader remit of IPPC means some smaller installations are affected for the first time.
Diana Raine, business manager for cryogenic applications at Air Products, aid: Deadlines for IPPC permit applications affecting solvent-using industries are leading to an increase in enquiries about cryogenic solvent recovery systemswhich operate to near zero emissions and comply with the toughest European emissions limits.
"As legislation tightensenvironmental managers need to ensure that air pollution prevention is prioritised and considered as part of a holistic plan for IPPC readiness."