Guide on solvent abatement

A guidance note on the available techniques for abating solvent emissions has been issued by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP).1

Prepared for HMIP by Harwell Laboratory, the guide outlines the potential applications, performance and limitations of the main solvent recovery and destruction technologies. These are condensation, adsorption, incineration, biological treatment, and permeation through polymer membranes.

The guide also deals with solvent abatement practices and options in five industrial sectors which account for more than 70% of the UK's point source emissions of volatile organic compounds. The sectors are film manufacturing, printing, dry cleaning, industrial coating and metal degreasing. Local authorities may find the guide useful because they generally control emissions from these processes, although it provides little information on the costs of the various abatement methods to assist them in judging whether they may constitute the "best available techniques not entailing excessive cost".

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