In celebration of Earth Day week, CECO Environmental releases the first in a series of blogs about the opportunities to improve air quality.
Companies around the world face increasing social pressure to clean up their operations, reduce pollutants and protect our shared environment within any local community. A handful of corporate leaders are more aware than ever about their responsibilities in driving positive, sustainable change, and I’m proud to be among them. It is one of the things I’ve enjoyed the most since becoming CEO here at CECO Environmental a year ago. Having the opportunity to improve awareness, implementation and utilization of products and technologies which help energy infrastructure and industrial businesses run cleaner, safer, and more efficiently is tremendously rewarding.
Thanks to awareness and dedicated efforts, parts of the world are cleaner and safer today than they’ve been in decades past.
But we’ve all read the reports and seen the pictures – skies around major cities thick with pollution that to the point it looks like a dirty fog. This helps me understand that we still have a long way to go. Most of us have wondered – at some time or another – about the effect on children growing up in those regions.
For any CEO in a position to make a difference, it is essential that we do our part. For CECO Environmental, it means delivering solutions that contribute to creating healthier living and working conditions for people around world.
I believe it is important that business leaders become more aware of the technologies and solutions that help them deliver the results they promise to their shareholders without sacrificing the promise of a healthy environment to the future generations. So, we’ll be communicating more about those different technologies and challenges in the weeks, months, and years to come.
One example that comes to mind is one of the world’s first solar-powered desalination plants located in Saudi Arabia. In need of pumps that could hold up to the corrosive brine, the plant utilized our patented Fybroc fiberglass specialty pumps to power a filtration process that removes impurities, salts and even jelly-fish from seawater. I’m proud that our technologies are used to help the plant deliver more than 60,000 cubic meters (20 million cubic feet) of potable water per day efficiently to local Saudi communities.
While being part of new initiatives like that is great, we also help improve existing infrastructure. That’s what we’re doing in Southern California with our selective catalyst reduction (SCR) and gas turbine silencer technology that is being applied to an 80-year old natural gas turbine plant. We are proud to have our air and noise emissions solutions being used to responsibly help our customers help meet current and future regulatory and environmental requirements in Southern California.
We’ve also collaborated with a leading U.S. shingle producer to deliver a custom ventilation solution in their manufacturing facility. Our filter solutions improve air quality by offering mist elimination units which are instrumental in air ventilation, fume capture and exhaust, product recovery, and emissions mitigation requirements.
Regardless of which way the policy and political winds shift, we plan to keep on doing the right thing for our shared environment. I invite you to join me and the team at CECO Environmental as we all contribute in some way toward a clean, safe, and healthy environment for today’s world and generations to come.