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Green Manufacturing


Improvements in manufacturing efficiency typically result in environmental improvements, making manufacturing greener and more cost-effective.  In addition, Executive Order 13329 directs EPA to properly and effectively assist the private sector in its manufacturing innovation in order to sustain a strong manufacturing sector in the US economy.  Manufacturing-related research and development (R&D) encompasses improvements in existing methods or processes, or wholly new processes, machines or systems.  Technologies should improve manufacturing competitiveness.  This year’s focus area is:

  • Manufacturing process changes that utilize green technology to improve process efficiency and reduce pollution.  These technologies may include non-traditional reactors, novel processing methods, new feedstocks, bio-mimicry approaches, solvents or chemical systems that improve production efficiency and performance while eliminating or minimizing the use or generation of harmful substances.  Of special interest are processes and methods to reduce the use of/replace EPA action plan chemicals as listed inExisting Chemicals Action Plans  (For example, technologies to reduce/replace the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper).
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