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Air Pollution From Industries: How To Reduce It



Air Pollution

Industrial air pollution is a major source of total environmental air pollution. We can reduce air pollution from industries or factories by using public transport to travel, increasing efficiency of equipment to consume less energy and opting for natural gas.

Nowadays environmental pollution has become a critical issue due to increased demand for products and development. Due to deforestation and industrialization, air quality is constantly degrading year on year.

Any type of air pollution that has sources of industrial activities is known as Industrial air pollution. Cutting down air pollution is the first step to going green with air pollution safety.

Industrial air pollution can be divided in two categories:

Stationary emission sources

Mobile emission sources

Air pollution from Stationary Emission sources in Industry

Stationary emission sources from industries / factories include pollution from stacks, chimneys, diesel generators, boilers etc. They emit majorly Particulate Matter (PM10 & PM2.5), Sulphur Dioxides (SO2), Nitrogen oxides (NOx), Carbon monoxide (CO), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), VOC etc.

Vehicle emission sources include cars, buses and trucks which produce pollutants such as Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

Emission from power plants is one of the most common sources of air pollution in industrial cities. Power plants emit large amounts of CO2, NOx and SOx into the air which causes a global warming effect on earth and also causes acid rain which leads to soil erosion and health problems for humans living near it.

Air pollution from Mobile emission sources in Industry

Air pollution is a major cause of concern for human health. Air pollution can be caused by different sources such as motor vehicles, industrial emissions, power plants and factories etc. The harmful gases that are emitted through these sources include particulate matter (PM2.5 & PM10), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and ground level ozone.

How to Reduce Air Pollution from Industries

In the previous post, we discussed how to reduce the noise level in your premises. In this post, we will discuss how to reduce air pollution in industrial premises.

As Industrial activities are so different from each other it is very difficult to arrive at a single solution for all industries as per their pollution challenges. If something is working in the Pharmaceutical industry it is meaningless in the cement industry.

Ways to Reduce Air Pollution from Factories

  • Air pollution is a serious problem and can lead to many health issues. We can reduce air pollution by conserving energy by turning off lights, computers, air conditioners and other appliances when not in use.

  • Encourage your employees to use public transport or you can arrange a bus from a common point for your employees.

  • When purchasing a vehicle for your company consider buying the most efficient, lowest polluting or if possible zero emission electric vehicle.

  • Encourage employees to use bicycle for daily commute

  • Ensure drivers in your company obeying traffic laws, speed limits, maintaining vehicles properly and keeping optimum air pressure in tyres.

  • Replace lights in your factory to energy efficient bulbs

  • GO green by limiting the use of paper as it may save some trees

  • Choose materials which are made from recycled materials

  • For fresh air use air purifiers or go green by limiting the use of paper as it may save some trees.