Sustainability & Environment


AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) is launching a program that offers engineers and other qualified professionals a specialized Credential in sustainability. The IfS is well positioned to establish a baseline definition of what Sustainability entails, as well as to establish a Body of Knowledge (BOK) in the field of sustainability.

Institute for Sustainability (IfS)

IfS is an umbrella organization encompassing a broad spectrum of activities related to sustainability. It has three sub-entities: the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF), the Center for Sustainable Technology Practices (CSTP), and the Youth Council on Sustainability Science and Technology (YCOSST). It also provides oversight to the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm).

Environmental Division (ENV)

The ENV division provides relevant programs on current environmental topics and non-confidential information concerning all aspects of environmental activity. The division promotes publication of papers of interest to chemical engineers in environmental activities as well as coordinates the Institute’s activities with other related societies.

Agency - Friend or Foe?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
Permitting a new plant, process, or modification can be daunting task. Early presentation and meetings with the Agency can help you climb the paperwork hill. In this session, a brief description of the various Bureaus and how they interact will be presented. Further information will be provided on the Bureau of Air which has the most complex rules and regulations.

Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Supply Chain

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 7, 2010
BASF, the world's leading chemical company, has a strong history of programs to foster sustainable development, including our eco-efficiency life...

Theoretical Screening Good Sorbents for CO2 Separation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
Carbon dioxide is the major product from coal combustion and is released into the air and causes global climate warming which we are facing today...

Stripper Configurations for CO2 Capture by Aqueous Amines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
A monumental task for improving the feasibility of carbon capture from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants is reducing the total energy cost. A...

Deployment of ZeaChem's Sustainable Biorefinery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Increased emphasis is being placed on renewable, sustainable, domestic forms of energy, including transportation fuels, at national, state and local...

On the Solubility of Mercury in Liquid Hydrocarbons

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
The solubility of Hgo was determined in 34 pure hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon mixtures, crude oils, and water from -65oC to +65oC (where each solvent...

Mercury Control with Regenerative Activated Coke Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Many issues face coal fired utilities with respect to environmental demands, some based on regulations and others based on local pressures. These...

Estimating Air Emission Rates

Environmental Management
Marc Karell, P. E.
Stack testing, material balances, emission factors, and engineering equations are the most common methods that can be used to estimate air emissions.

July 2017 CEP Preview

July 10, 2017
This month features a special section on solar energy, with a look at concentrating solar thermal (CST), solar thermochemical energy storage (CSP), and more.

Catalyzing Commercialization: A Graphene-Based Sensor Monitors Water Quality in Real Time

Catalyzing Commercialization
The devastating water crisis in Flint, MI, brought into focus the widespread issues plaguing U.S. water supply systems. As the water infrastructure continues to age, distribution pipes are deteriorating, potentially leaching toxic heavy metals and other contaminants into drinking water. Upgrading U.S. water systems will take years and trillions of dollars. In the meantime, to safeguard public health, it is crucial to monitor heavy metals and other contaminants throughout the water supply — particularly at the point of use.
Torresol Energy’s Gemasolar CSP plant in southern Spain. [image - NREL]

Concentrating Solar Power: Solar Energy on Demand

Archived Webinar
Jun 21, 2017
Can a power plant ever expect to reliably provide solar power on demand—even when it’s nighttime or cloudy? Find out here. Join National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Craig Turchi as he explores the possibilities that arise when thermal energy storage systems (TES) are combined with concentrating...

AIChE and the Paris Climate Agreement

June 2, 2017
Many AIChE member engineers and their companies have supported US participation in the Paris Agreement, from which the US is now withdrawing. Also called the Paris Accord, it is...

Technical Entity Trends: Engineering a Sustainable World

Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander
The United Nations (UN) led a global effort to develop 17 ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs) that tackle some of the greatest challenges facing people and the planet. These goals (see box) were adopted by a majority of countries around the world in 2015, including the U.S.

Biolubricants Development, Formulation and Friction Test

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Biolubricants have exhibited a lot of advantages over the conventional lubricants: excellent lubricity, minimizing of corrosion of metal surfaces,...

Energy-Industry Trends and Insights from the Wellhead to Downstream Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon) has conducted Comparative Performance Analyses™ (CPA™), also known as the Solomon studies, for over 35 years. These studies benchmark the Refining, Petrochemicals, Midstream, Upstream, and Electric Power industries, with the earliest studies starting in 1980.

Microbial Conversion of Methane to Electricity

May 22, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have engineered a strain of bacteria that is the key to converting methane to electricity. The researchers' goal was to eliminate the need to transport...

Earth Day: Saturday, April 22

April 18, 2017
This year Earth Day focuses on climate and environmental science literacy and will include a Science March and teach-ins in Washington, D.C.

Distributed Ammonia Synthesis

Archived Webinar
Dec 21, 2016
This 60-minute webinar describes a research project that takes wind—which is too far from urban areas to be used—and turns it into ammonia used on local farms. This project involves a small plant which raises the question: What will happen to the chemical industry when the plant is not fed from a...

How Our Communities Collect Waste and Recyclables

Archived Webinar
Sep 2, 2015
The presentation provides an overview on collecting solid waste (SW) from the curb in front of your home to the point of processing and/or disposal. It includes a brief history of how the industry has transitioned from horse and buggy to modern collecting methods. We discuss the various methods...

Status of Waste Processing and Conversion Technologies

Archived Webinar
Jun 3, 2015
This webinar provides an overview of the status of the processing and conversion technologies in the US. It includes a review of the most significant technology and equipment providers as well as the most recent projects in the US. It provides insightful information on the level of development of...

Treating Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Waters

Archived Webinar
Dec 11, 2013
This presentation reviews membrane separation processes that could be used to treat hydraulic fracturing flowback waters. The advantages and limitations of these processes are highlighted. Data from commercial treatment facilities is also presented.

Water Reuse Challenges and Hydraulic Fracturing

Archived Webinar
Dec 4, 2013
GE Water & Process Technologies offers a broad product and solutions portfolio that addresses water challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing. This webinar discusses: Key technical and community challenges of hydraulic fracturing The drilling and production water life cycle GE’s fixed and...

Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products

Archived Webinar
Apr 3, 2013
This presentation will review Consumer Reports (CR) recently completed testing project studying the levels of arsenic in rice and rice products.

New Materials for Membrane Separations

Archived Webinar
Mar 13, 2013
In this webinar, Dr. Richard D. Noble - the co-director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Membrane Applied Science Technology and co-author of Membrane Separations Technology: Priniciples and Applications - discusses new materials for membrane separations.

Solutions for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Archived Webinar
Jan 30, 2013
This presentation focuses on the critical components of a truly sustainable operation . . . safety, environment, energy, capital management, and asset productivity.

Marcellus Shale Gas Wastewater Reuse and Recycle

Archived Webinar
Oct 3, 2012
This webinar provides background on how water is used for drilling and hydraulic fracturing and includes a review of hydraulic fracturing fluid composition and flowback and produced water quantity and composition.

EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: Lessons Learned

Archived Webinar
Sep 12, 2012
A lot has changed since the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule was issued in 2010. Under the rule, thousands of facilities were required to collect and report emissions data – or face potential criminal penalties. Now that the first year of monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions under the...


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