In focus…Environmental technologies


The climate change debate has never been more poignant than in today’s society. The deal struck at the landmark Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December 2015 saw 195 countries adopt the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate pact, agreeing on a worldwide plan to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

Snowballing the climate change movement further, 197 countries struck a momentous deal (the Kigali Amendment) on 15th October this year to reduce the emissions of ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – a move that could prevent up to 0.5°C of global warming by the end of this century alone.

On top of intensifying global policies, industrial gas companies are taking steps to lessen their environmental burdens, with many already making strides by implementing energy efficiency strategies and turning their attentions to ‘greener’ solutions. This industry is energy intensive by nature, and whilst companies within the industry have made significant investments towards bridging the gap, it could be argued that too much is never enough. How will the industrial gas sector meet tightening environmental standards and what role might environmental technologies play in the future of the industry?

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