Design for the Environment

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Nov 8, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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Design for the
Environment

Improving

Health & Environmental

Decision Making


What Design for the
Environment (DfE) Does


Partner with industry to assess, design, and
adopt products, processes, and management
systems that are


Cleaner


Cost
-
effective


Safer


Since 1990, partnered with
14 sectors


Affecting more than 140,000 companies
and 2 million workers nationwide

DfE Spurs Risk Reduction &
Environmental Improvement


By providing critical toxicity, exposure,
and risk information,


DfE guides private sector
innovation


DfE helps companies better
understand and manage
their chemicals


Why was DfE Created?


Regulations are essential but
limited to clear cut risks



Regulations partition problems
and can often promote
avoidance rather than best
practices



Public demand for
participation, information



Why was DfE Created?


Sector
-
based approach
rather than traditional
chemical
-
by
-
chemical
approach


Encourage pollution prevention, risk
reduction, and continuous
environmental improvement

DfE Sectors


Adhesives


Auto refinishing


Auto supply chain


Electronics



Dry cleaning


Industrial laundry
detergents


Marinas


Printing

DfE Approaches


Cleaner Technologies
Substitutes Assessment


Formulation
Improvement


Best Practices


Life
-
Cycle
Assessment


Greening the Supply
Chain


Integrated
Environmental
Management Systems

Partnership Criteria


Important, unresolved environmental or
human health risk


DfE approaches are applicable


Interested, strong
partners


Commitment to
measure results

DfE Achieves Environmental
Improvement


Screen printing


Half of the screen printers interviewed switched to a
cleaner reclamation product and several supplier
indicated the project affected their R&D strategy


Printed wiring boards


From 1995 to 1997, the percent of manufacturers
using cleaner “making holes conductive”
technologies doubled, from 15% to 30%


Each year, this saves 400 million gallons of water and 15
billion BTUs of energy, and reduces use of formaldehyde
by 240,000 lbs

DfE Achieves Environmental
Improvement


Auto
-
Refinishing


Increased use of more efficient spray guns
and control technology


Material cost savings of 29% on average
($4,000/shop/yr); offsets capital costs


Lower diisocyanate exposure to workers and
neighboring community


Reduced VOC emissions of 31% (281
lbs/yr/shop)

DfE Achieves Environmental
Improvement



Dry cleaning


Use of perchloroethylene dropped
37% from 1997 through 2001



Adhesives in foam furniture


Use of methylene chloride dropped
83% from 1997 through 2001

DfE Achieves Environmental
Improvement


Integrated EMS


Increased chemical risk management focus
in EMSs


Increased use of cleaner technologies,
improved compliance, increased resource
efficiencies, reduced waste, increased
recycling, and improved worker safety


DfE Achieves Environmental
Improvement


Industrial & Institutional Laundry


Formulators learn to ask their suppliers key
EH&S questions on chemicals


14 new eco
-
friendly detergents have entered
the market. Annual benefits from just one of
these include


100+ million gallons of water saved along with
the energy to heat it


340,000+ gallons of toxic chemicals eliminated
from use

“…It has been
encouraging to see how
much a ‘cooperative
spirit’ can accomplish.”






Leif Anderson, Vice
-
President,




Anderson Chemical Company


For More Information


Visit our website at
www.epa.gov/dfe

or
call us at 202
-
564
-
8780.


Order publications through the Pollution
Prevention Information Clearinghouse


Email:
ppic@epa.gov


Telephone: 202
-
566
-
0799