Incorporating environmental impact assessment inio conceptual process design: A case study example

Jeffrey R. Seay, Mario R. Eden

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The purpose of this contribution is to present a case study illustrating how environmental impact assessment using the U.S. EPA Waste Reduction Algorithm has been incofyorated into conceptual process design. This will be achieved via the introduction of a simple methodology for integrating environmental impact assessment into the standard heuristics of conceptual process design to ensure that environmental and sustainability goals are met while maintaining economic viability, lhe case study presented to illustrate the methodology is based on a process to manufacture industrially important C3 compounds from the dehydration of bio-based glycerol. The selected case study is important from the perspective of sustainability because glycerol is produced as a byproduct of the manufacture of biodiesel from vegetable oils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Progress and Sustainable Energy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Environmental impact assessment
  • WAR algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • General Environmental Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry


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