Mar 21, 2022, 11 am CDT
Green Chemistry (GC) principles provide chemists the opportunity to create a greener landscape across all industrial sectors; however, the application of these principles for the creation of new molecular designs is still lagging. The availability of cleaners, safer or greener chemicals is not yet available for many industrial sectors.
The metal finishing sector, for instance, continues to use chemicals considered hazardous, toxic and even carcinogenic. To reduce the harm and risk of exposure, it is necessary to find an alternate path to advance greener perspectives. This is a challenge, especially in an industry where the use of chemicals of concern (i.e.; chromic acid, lead and cadmium compound) are heavily present as raw materials. Finding GC opportunities within metal finishing is not only difficult but also one that poses challenges to its advancement. This presentation gives us a perspective that allows us to apply and find “greenness” in some of the operations in metal finishing.
By using the Prevention principle and the perspective from the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), the presenter will explain how to identify GC indicators. Under this new alternate path, metrics can be developed and be integrated to measure the greenness in metal finishing operations. The presence or absence of green indicators in the operations in a company may serve to either grant a green certification or make recommendation that may lead to the promotion of GC.