SAFER AND CLEANER TECHNOLOGIESDelivering sustainable solutions for the most challenging industrial-scale opportunities
The term inherently safer implies that a process is safer because of its very nature, and not because equipment has been added to make it safer. Inherent safety is a concept, an approach to safety that focuses on eliminating or reducing the hazards associated with a set of conditions. Clean technology, also known as green technology, refers to products, services or processes that reduce energy consumption, waste and any other negative effects on the environment. Inherently safer and cleaner technology will be a large part of the next wave of industrial innovation.
By incorporating inherent safety, greener & sustainability principles into every aspect of the business it is possible to create new products, processes and services that minimise negative effects on the environment, while improving health and safety. It is particularly important to always strive for a net positive effect.
With good reason, green technology is attracting a great deal of interest and investment capital. However, it remains very important to have a holistic view of the total impact of the business when considering new ventures. The criteria by which future business success will be measured goes beyond financial indicators and will include social impact, sustainability, net environmental impact, compliance with new, tighter standards and many more.
How we help our clients become green
Whether your interest is energy reduction, recycling, clean air/water, safer processes or just a sustainable business we have deep expertise and experience to help you. “Green” needs to be embedded deeply into the whole business and it is not always effective to just apply piecemeal or “bolt-on” solutions. We will work with you to understand your environmental, safety and sustainability objectives and develop specific solutions that meet your sustainability requirements.
How we work
We don’t see “green” as optional extra and work hard to make sure environmental and other impacts are considered at every point during our projects and assignments.
We provide subject matter expertise, process facilitation, project and business advisory support to our Clients.
Our approach has evolved over many years and our methodology is adaptable to meet our Clients unique requirements. We will always ensure that business objectives are translated into project outcomes. We have developed a comprehensive knowledge base of proven best practices which we use in assignments.
We take on the role of owner representative and/or as members of a project team together with developers, financiers, EPC contractors and operators to optimise and deliver on shared business objectives. We also have an extensive network of strategic partners and alliances which can be quickly drawn on to ensure the best possible outcomes.
- Improved process safety
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Remain relevant in a competitive environment
- Become more sustainable
Current focus areas
- Carbon dioxide baseline determination and reduction
- Carbon dioxide sequestration
- Carbon dioxide utilisation (CO2 as a starting point for the production of fuels and chemicals)
- Gas-fired power generation
- Renewable energy sources (wind, photovoltaic, biomass, biogas)
- High efficiency designs (including “Clean Coal”)
- Energy management in a production facility (or organisation-wide)
- Waste to boilers / energy (conversion of non-recyclable waste materials into usable heat, electricity or fuel)
- Gas to fuels (liquid and gaseous)
- Hydrogen production
- Clean development mechanism (CDM) emission reduction projects in developing countries
Consulting Partner, Director
Jurie holds a BEng(Chem)Hons and an MBA. He has more than 37 years of engineering, operations management and functional management experience. He started, developed and managed the Environmental & Risk Engineering group in Sasol Technology for more than 14 years. More...
Chris is a business consultant with 37 years experience in Petrochemical and Chemical industries. Experienced in technical support and project development including technical support, commissioning support and de-bottlenecking studies. Experienced in local and international business development in synthetic fuels and renewable energies. More...
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