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News ReleaseEU-Wide Pollution Inventory Puts Focus on Emissions Control, Says Air Products

September 24, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

The publication of a new EU-wide pollution inventory, which allows industries to compare their environmental performance, is encouraging more chemical and pharmaceutical businesses to prioritise emissions control, says Air Products.

The pollution inventory or European Pollutant Emission Register was published earlier this year in response to the 1996 EU Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC). It is designed to help businesses from a wide range of industry sectors to benchmark their performance in pollution prevention.

The inventory focuses on a number of specific emissions, such as chlorinated solvents, a high proportion of which are produced by industries in France and the UK. It also identifies the UK as one of the main sources of VOC emissions including benzene, hydrogen cyanide, dichloroethane and non-methane volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Diana Raine, business manager for cryogenic applications, Air Products explains:

"In the past, in the absence of comparative data, there has been a tendency for UK companies to believe that they are doing more than their counterparts in the EU to minimise air pollution.

"This inventory shows that in fact the UK could be a primary source of some emissions and closer control may be necessary to ensure we meet any future emissions reduction targets which may be imposed."

The pollution inventory is just part of an overall tightening of environmental legislation designed to minimise pollution and specifically, reduce air emissions. In response, Air Products has developed a state of the art cryogenic VOC recovery solution, called Air Products ExStream™ which is efficient, compact and highly adaptable – capable of recovering even complex VOCs at low gas flow rates, below 300 Nm³/h.

Diana Raine explains the benefits of this enhanced technology:

"As legislation tightens, forward thinking process managers need to ensure that air emissions control is prioritised and considered as part of a holistic plan for their plant's environmental management.

"Cryogenic solvent recovery systems are an ideal, long term solution for a wide range of solvent-using installations and can help to enhance sustainability too 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.

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