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Need to minimise toxic waste from industry

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“Adoption of green processes will be profitable”

TIRUCHI: The need for Government, industry and researchers to join hands for minimising toxic waste from industry was emphasised at the inaugural of Horizon – 2007, a national-level students’ symposium on ‘Green Chemistry’ organised by the Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi (NIT-T) on Friday.

Speakers highlighted the enormous research opportunities that exist in the area of substituting hazardous substances with those that are bio-degradable.

Green practices

The Government could ensure green practices in industries by making them send periodic reports on the methods and use of materials, and strictly compliance with Pollution Prevention Act, S. Perumal, Professor, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University said, inaugurating the symposium.

Adoption of green processes will be profitable for the industries in the long run.

Currently, the expenditure that industries incur towards treating effluents and pollutants before their release exceeds the production costs. For sustainability of the environment, use of chemicals based on petroleum products must be replaced with those sourced from renewable substances, Dr. Perumal said, advocating use of water as solvent.

Use of solvents could be circumvented through thorough mix of reactants in small measure, he informed.

Presiding over, the NIT-T Director M. Chidambaram said the topic was highly relevant in the current context and urged the participants to make the most of the event through active interaction.

Exchange programmes

Dr. Chidambaram favoured student exchange programmes with front-ranking foreign institutions for effective exposure to emerging developments under the aegis of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).

Head of the Department of Chemistry N. Sulochana said the department was according thrust on research through networking with various institutions.

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