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Considering the environment in the life cycle of Rochem products

25/05/2022

At Rochem, we are doing our best to reduce our impact on the environment. From initial ideas at head office to our technology in action at power plants, we carefully consider the life cycle of our products. This enables us to make tweaks to production and practise to minimise our environmental impact. 
 

Design

At the design stage, our developers consider:
  • the origin of raw materials
  • how the product will be used
  • end of life options i.e. disposal/recycling 
Consciously keeping these three factors at the forefront of their minds allows the team to make changes to product design that minimise environmental impact. For example, if an alternative raw material is more readily available or is easier to recycle at the end of the product’s life, it makes sense to opt for that. If one nozzle design requires more water to achieve the same results as another, they will proceed with the latter in order to minimise water wastage during use. 
 
Even tiny tweaks in the design stage can dramatically reduce the environmental impact of production and use. 
 

Production

At the production stage, our engineers are able to do many things to keep our negative impact as small as possible. Here are a few examples:
  • recycling every possible piece of scrap metal, electrical parts and paper
  • recycling up to 98% of the water used for nozzle testsreinvesting in the latest manufacturing technology e.g. CNC cutting machines to make nozzles, which use less energy and resources while achieving outstanding results 

Shipping

Sometimes we are limited with our shipping options but we always strive to choose the most environmentally friendly option available. 
 
Our FYREWASH® chemicals are all sold in a concentrated solutions and available to buy in large quantities to reduce packaging waste. Plus, with stockists around the world, we are often able to make one large shipment in place of several smaller ones.  
 

Product use

Although this is where we have least control, we still do what we can to support our customers in their environmental efforts. 
 
The whole idea behind gas turbine compressor cleaning equipment and chemicals is to make gas turbines more efficient. This has a knock-on effect of reduced fuel and energy usage, and more complete combustion, which are both positives for the environment (and our customers’ profit margins!). 
 
Our products are efficient and effective at cleaning and rinsing, using minimal water and energy. Our FYREWASH® range also includes specialised products for use in especially environmentally sensitive locations. 
 

Disposal

As with product use, we have limited control over how our customers dispose of cleaning effluent and equipment at the end of its life. However, we offer advice on disposal and always recommend that customers check with local environmental authorities on correct procedure. 
 
Much of our equipment can be repaired when necessary, extending its useful life, and recycled as scrap when it ultimately needs replacing. 
 

Find out more

We are not naïve to the fact that gas turbines are, by their nature, not good for the environment, so it’s important to take steps to minimise their impact. This is something we already help with at sites around the globe.  
 
If you’d like to find out more about how we play our part for the environment or how our products can help you in your efforts, please get in touch. Our knowledgeable, helpful team will be happy to answer all your questions.   
 

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