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Green Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
Project Description EPA Regions 2 and 3, in collaboration with the EPA Headquarters Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, and other Regions have been promoting pollution prevention and stewardship in the pharmaceutical sector through the application of green chemistry and green engineering concepts and tools to pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. As part of this effort, EPA Region 2 hosted a video conference titled "Creating Business Value: Green Quality through Green Chemistry and Green Engineering in the Pharmaceutical Industry." The event took place in July 2008.

EPA through its past efforts and relationship building has been interested in technical opportunities to enhance green quality, especially solvent recovery and reuse within facilities and third party markets related to opportunities for solvent exchange. In addition, EPA is interested in the associated total life cycle improvements that can be achieved, such as energy conservation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, all of which are possible through joint collaboration. During the video conference, three presentations were provided. In addition, there was a follow-up discussion with an audience of industry and government representatives interested in pharmaceutical manufacturing in Puerto Rico. There were approximately 30 participants at video conference locations in: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philadelphia; and New York City. The event was coordinated with special assistance from EPA Region 2 Caribbean Environmental Protection Division and EPA Region 3 as well as with critical technical support by EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

More Info www.epa.gov/region02/p2/p2res.htm
Project Contact
Name Walter Schoepf
Phone 212-637-3729
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Pharmaceutical Industry
Activity Keywords Conference, Research and development, Website updates
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 18 No. 2, Fall 2008 [PDF]


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