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News ReleaseIt's Time to Prioritise Air Emissions Control, Says Air Products

May 17, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

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, said:

"Deadlines for IPPC permit applications affecting solvent-using industries are leading to an increase in enquiries about cryogenic solvent recovery systems, which operate to near zero emissions and comply with the toughest European emissions limits.

"However, most of these enquiries are from major installations seeking to update current abatement systems in order to stay one step ahead of tightening emissions legislation.

"We are concerned that some solvent-using industries, particularly smaller installations falling under IPPC for the first time may be taking a piecemeal approach to readiness for IPPC and may not be prioritising air pollution prevention early enough."

In addition to the roll-out of the IPPC regulations, solvent-using industries will also be aware that further specific legislation is likely to bring reductions of complex emissions including volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Diana Raine comments:

"As legislation tightens, forward thinking environmental managers need to ensure that air pollution prevention is prioritised and considered as part of a holistic plan for IPPC readiness.

"Cryogenic solvent recovery systems operate to near zero emissions and are now more compact and flexible than before, capable of operating at lower gas flow rates, below 300 Nm3/h. This makes them an ideal, long term solution for smaller installations. It can also improve the installation's sustainability, by recovering VOCs which can be reused on site."

For more information about cryogenic condensation technology, contact Air Products on 0800 3890202, visit www.airproducts.com/epm or email cryoeur@apci.com.  


About Air Products


Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates.

Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $6.3 billion and operations in over 30 countries, the company's 18,500 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.  


Issued by Citigate Communications on behalf of Air Products. For further information please call:

Christine Warren, Gill Holtom or Debbie Hall
Phone: 0121 456 3199
E-mail: christine.warren@citigatec.co.uk  

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