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Dealing With The Delhi Dilemma

June 15, 2020 - 10:09 AM / by Shruti Parkar and Raghavendra Swami Kannaraya, CECO Environmental, India, reprint from Hydrocarbon Engineering, March 2020

Dealing-with-the-delhi-dilemmaIndia has a lethal problem with its air. As other developing nations have, it must find a way to grow its infrastructure – industrial production, power generation, refining and wastewater treatment – while balancing the social health of its citizens. With air quality technologies becoming more widely available to advanced and developing nations, it may be easier for India to manage the issue. Atmospheric pollution in India is the fifth largest cause of death in the nation – recently estimated to kill approximately 2.5 million people a year. Specifically, the World Health Organization has found that India has the world’s highest death rates from asthma and chronic respiratory illness. In Delhi in particular, suffocating air quality has irreversibly damaged the lungs of 2.2 million children (approximately 50% of the total number of children in the city) – a public-health crisis that will go on causing sickness and premature death for decades.

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Filter Out The Problem

May 19, 2020 - 12:23 PM / by David Taylor, CECO Article Reprint from World Pipelines Magazine, May 2020

rocket-3There are over 300,000 miles of gas transmission pipeline in the US today. The vast majority of these pipelines are medium to large-diameter, ranging from 10 - 48 in., and conveying gas typically at pressures of between 500 - 1400 psig in volumes of billions of ft3/d. As natural gas progressively replaces coal as the preferred fuel for electricity generating plants nationwide, and also becomes a major export commodity in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG), this national pipeline grid has never been more important. Like any vital technology...

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April 22, 2020 - 7:12 AM / by Dennis Sadlowski, CEO, CECO Environmental posted in Earth Day, CECO Environmental, 2020

earth-day-feature-ceco-environmental Born in 1970, Earth Day advanced the notions that everyone has a right to a clean, unpolluted world, that our planet is our precious home, and that we must actively protect our shared environment. We have made some progress but it’s a long road ahead to reach the pristine, yet prosperous, world envisioned by Earth Day’s founders. Many wonder if we can get there. I think we can.

I’m proud to lead a company like CECO Environmental that eliminates tons of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and toxic particulates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We work with industry leaders in power generation, oil and gas, and industrial manufacturing to help them grow, while reducing and eliminating air pollutants. The WHO estimated that, in 2016, ambient air pollution was responsible for 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide, including 600,000 children under 15. And now, with the world under the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, we learned from a recent Harvard study that COPD, caused not only by smoking but by heavy ambient particulate pollution, increases by a factor of 5.97 the chances that a COVID-19 infection will become severe. Dirty air is multiplying the deadly effects of the virus as the total number of infections tops two million worldwide.

Fifty years ago, Earth Day created a groundswell of grassroots environmentalists that have driven true progress and increased demand for a cleaner earth. Today, on the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Earth Day, we celebrate in the shadow of the worst global pandemic since the Spanish Flu. COVID-19, with all its human and economic destruction, provides a reminder that, no matter where we live and no matter what our economic status is, we all share a common planet and the air we breathe. So it comes as no surprise that the COVID-19 illness is exhibiting with increased severity in parts of the country and the world with higher air pollution levels. If ever there was a call to action to clean up our planet, this year is the year!

This is especially true as our team helps industrials in India’s major cities, like Delhi, reduce emissions of NOx, SOx, and carbon microparticles from production related exhaust. Today, respiratory illness is the fifth largest cause of death in the nation – recently estimated to kill approximately 2.5 million people a year; however, as more industrials and refineries install air quality control equipment, we can achieve a significant reduction in these deaths. In China, chronic respiratory diseases—mainly asthma, emphysema, and COPD—remained in the top five leading causes of mortality in 2016, accounting for 9% (approximately 870,000) of total noncommunicable disease (NCDs) deaths. Despite the continuous effort and significant improvements in ambient air quality in China over the past decade, NCDs remained responsible for over 80% of mortality in 2018. The rate has risen globally as industries expanded into developing nations with more than 50% of air pollution-related deaths (7 million) attributed to outdoor air pollution alone.

So, we in the pollution control industry need to step up our game to get the message out about the technologies and solutions that can help protect our shared environment. Reducing air pollution around the world and turning it sharply down will take the combined efforts of leaders in sectors like energy, chemicals, and transportation together with government policy makers.

Our experience at CECO Environmental has shown that there is no inherent contradiction between economic growth and a healthy human and natural environment. Solutions are available where there is the will to clean up our planet for future generations. It is up to us, as business leaders, to adopt the technologies that will help achieve this goal. Let’s mobilize from Earth Day forward as we navigate successfully through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Solving the Air Quality Challenge

February 20, 2020 - 4:53 PM / by Damion Adams and Jeremias Shreyer as published in the Jan/Feb issue of World Fertilizer Magazine posted in Industrial Air Quality, CECO Environmental, 2020

ceco-environmental-solving-the-air-quality-challengeAs the world population continues to expand, and as more societies move from being predominantly rural to increasingly urban, agriculture must become more productive and more land must be brought under cultivation to meet the growing demand for food for the non-farming population. Fertilizers are critical to this effort. At the same time, as air quality becomes a major concern in more and more countries, fertilizer producers face...

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Environmental Business Journal Interviews CECO Experts

December 18, 2019 - 10:54 AM / by CECO Environmental posted in 2019, Industrial Air Quality, CECO Environmental

Environmental Business Journal interviews CECO experts Jeremias Schreyer and Jared Wilken about groundbreaking solutions for managing air pollution.


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Scrubbing Up Nicely

November 6, 2019 - 3:21 PM / by Ali Goudarzi as pubished in World Fertilizer Magazine September Issue posted in 2019, CECO Environmental, UAE

World Fertilizer Sept Article by Ali GoudarziRead how an ammonium nitrate producer maintained compliance with emissions regulations during a growth spurt. It is common knowledge that there is an overwhelming global food shortage and, with the world's population growing exponentially, the demand for agricultural produce will continue to rise. Within CECO Environmental’s line of work, fertilizer producers frequently have to adjust operations to align with market fluctuations and the evolving need to ramp up production output.

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April 25, 2019 - 4:03 PM / by Dennis Sadlowski, CEO, CECO Environmental posted in 2019, Earth Day, CECO Environmental

As we conclude our Earth Day celebrations at CECO, I would like to reflect on the extreme pride our organization and employees across the globe have shown. Whether it is picking up trash at the Jumeirah Umm Suqeim Public Beach Clean-up in the Middle East or removing harmful NOx & VOCs from different manufacturing processes in Dallas, TX, CECO demonstrates our commitment to protecting the environment through the products and services we offer as well as the volunteer efforts we support.

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Living Earth Day Every Day

April 22, 2019 - 1:00 PM / by Mike McCalley posted in 2019, Earth Day, CECO Environmental

Eliminating Carbon and other Toxic Emissions Along the Supply Chain

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Visualize This - Clean Air

March 26, 2019 - 5:29 PM / by CECO Environmental posted in 2019, Industrial Air Quality


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From Seven Million to None: Making Good Solutions Even Better

June 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM / by Dennis Sadlowski, CEO, CECO Environmental

Seven million. According to a recent study just released by The World HealthCECO Environmental Air Pollution Solutions Organization, that’s how many people died from pollution in the world last year—16% of all deaths worldwide. According to a recent paper in the British journal The Lancet, cited in TIME magazine, the number could be as high as nine million.

The vast majority of those people were in developing “low- and middle-income” countries. In places like India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Madagascar, and Kenya, up to one in four deaths can be tied to pollution. In 2015, pollution in China was linked to 1.8 million deaths, and in India it was linked to 2.5 million deaths. And while the figure for the US is an order of magnitude smaller at 155,000, that’s still far too many. As the saying goes, those people were parents and grandparents and siblings and children. Every one of them mattered.

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