Strengthening the Weakest Links in the PCM Process Chain- #3 Reduction of the Environmental Impact of PCM PCM David M. Allen, Emeritus Professor of Microengineering, Cranfield University, UK
Presented at Fall PCMI meeting held in Geneva, NY, USA on Monday 14th October 2019 PCM involves many processes in its production process chain and each process has an associated environmental impact. To remain competitive with rival processes, PCM must minimise its overall environmental impact as the costs of environmental compliance are currently increasing at a rapid rate. This paper reviews the environmental impact of each process in the PCM process chain and suggests how it can be minimised utilising clean technologies (employing radical revision and/or innovative modification), waste minimisation through improved quality control, recycling and ‘end of pipe’ treatments to meet emission requirements. The costs of environmental impact reduction are also discussed together with the various financial benefits accrued.
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