Evolving Technology To Meet Environmental Demands

The province of Ontario has a stated goal of a 45% reduction in nitrogen oxide and VOC emissions from 1990 levels by 2010 or earlier. Solvents account for approximately 28% of nonnatural sources of VOC emissions in Canada.

As a major user of industrial solvents, the printing industry faces considerable pressure to reduce its VOC emissions. According to Environment Canada, “The printing and publication industry is one of the principal stationary sources of VOC emissions from solvents in Canada. The industry accounts for around 10% of total Canadian solvent VOC emissions.”

In addition to the role of industrial solvents in the formation of greenhouse gases, and therefore as a contributor to climate change as recognized under the Kyoto Protocol, the volatile organic compounds released from these solvents are also a major factor in smog formation.

Smog, in turn, is responsible for a variety of health-related issues, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, allergies, and neurological disorders.

Through its innovative adaptation of existing technologies, C.L.E.A.N. is instrumental in capturing and reusing thousands of tons of VOCs, directly contributing to the success of Canada’s environmental goals, as well as to better health for all Canadians.