Helping to clean up the planet on World Environment Day

The protection of our environment has risen to the top of the political agenda in recent weeks and climate change is at the forefront of the debate. Putting a spotlight on the issue, the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, which took place on 5th June, was connecting people with nature to show the importance of protecting our planet for future generations.

We all have a responsibility to protect the environment but there’s a clear need for change across the board to implement practical ways we can prevent ongoing, and irreversible, damage to precious ecosystems. So how can heavy industries introduce practical steps to help reduce their environmental impact without a complete system reset?

It’s a question that the team at Catexel works continually to explore and provide solutions to. Our focus is to help make industrial processes faster, cleaner and safer and ultimately, reduce the impact these processes have on the environment.

While our catalysts might make up just a small part of long and complex supply chains, we strongly believe science can deliver positive change when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of industries such as textiles and pulp and paper. For example, our low temperature bleaching capabilities have addressed environmental dilemmas for industrial cleaning markets and for the textiles sector – helping to save water and energy, reducing waste and offering valuable asset utilisation benefits.

Water is an increasingly scarce resource and water treatment is another important focus for Catexel. Processes involving chlorine dioxide are heavily relied upon in textile and paper mills, as well as in water treatment processes due to its antimicrobial properties. We’re currently exploring the potential for two new patents that could potentially reduce the chemical load and deliver significant energy savings for a wide range of applications.

In the pursuit of positive change, it’s important to remember that smaller but significant breakthroughs often provide the answer to operating more sustainably. Initiatives like World Environment Day serve as a reminder to us all that in the face of obstacles and constraints we need to work together to find new ways to overcome the negative impact our everyday activity as well as industrial processes can have on the environment. Monumental change isn’t going to happen overnight but we can take small, incremental steps that combine to make a big difference.

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