By Jack Koeken, Sr Member Technical Staff, Fluid Components International (FCI) Europe
As of 2010 most of the world’s industrialized nations have recognized the climate change issues resulting from global warming that were presented in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Since that time, the members of the European Union (EU), the United States (US) Environmental Protection (EPA) Agency and other regional and governmental bodies worldwide have introduced a wide range of policies and regulations all designed to prevent further global warming.
Thousands of industrial process and manufacturing plants with global operations in regions and nations around the planet are now working to comply with a broad range of new regulations. In response, industrial process and manufacturing companies worldwide are implementing energy conservation and overall greener practices ranging from simple recycling of everyday materials to installing complex alternative energy systems.
It is widely accepted now that rising levels of waste greenhouse gases (GHG) that result from industrial production and the everyday living practices of billions of people are the primary causes of global warming. Methane and other GHGs have been targeted as a primary area of concern and regulatory activity.