strategy

Developing pollution control technologies

Synonyms:
Developing pollution prevention and cleanup technologies
Description:
Developing appropriate pollution control technology on the basis of risk assessment and epidemiological research.
Context:
Prevention technologies - technologies that emphasize "protecting, conserving and sustaining the environment from the beginning, and thus avoiding the cycle of rectification of error - contribute to socially equitable and environmentally-sound development.

Dealing with environmental wastes through "end-of-pipe" measures (such as wastewater treatment systems, hazardous waste incinerators and other treatment technologies, secure landfills, monitoring equipment, solid waste hauling equipment, air pollution control equipment, and catalytic converters) has proven to be very costly and does not address all environmental problems.

Pollution prevention offers industry the advantages of: less need for costly pollution control equipment; "getting ahead" of environmental regulations; reduced reporting and permitting requirements, and less operation and maintenance of pollution control equipment.

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.

Implementation:
Emerging technologies such as feedstock recycling have the potential to increase the levels of plastics recycling in the future.
Subjects:
Pollution
Control
Technology
Development
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies