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Energy Conservation Part 3 – Processes and Economics

Posted on January 12th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Energy conservation typically involves changing energy-related processes to improve economics while mitigating the detrimental effects of culture and politics.  Note that not only does the previous sentence encompass all four domains that comprise sustainability but it also alludes to inter-dependencies between the process and its economics.  Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 3 – Processes and Economics” »

Energy Conservation Part 2 – Politics

Posted on January 3rd, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Politics can be a touchy subject that means different things to different people in different positions. For example, politics at a large sewage district can literally mean interaction with elected officials and their representatives Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 2 – Politics” »

Politically induced scarcity leading to innovation

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Rare earth metals are needed to make many high-tech products, including smartphones, wind turbines, laptops and electric cars. Though 65% of the world’s reserves are located outside of China, currently China supplies more than 93% of the world’s rare earth elements, Continue reading “Politically induced scarcity leading to innovation” »

Sustainability in Instrumentation and Process Control: The Benefits of a Holistic Approach

Posted on August 29th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

The existence of interrelationships between the domains of sustainability (processes, economics, politics and culture) is implied in our working definition of sustainability and alluded to in previous posts.  The existence of these interrelationships implies that superior sustainability can be achieved by considering all four domains holistically.  Continue reading “Sustainability in Instrumentation and Process Control: The Benefits of a Holistic Approach” »

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