13. Sustainable Process Design: The Case of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM)

  1. Adisa Azapagic and
  2. Slobodan Perdan
  1. Adisa Azapagic

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470972847.ch13

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, Second Edition

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, Second Edition

How to Cite

Azapagic, A. (2010) Sustainable Process Design: The Case of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM), in Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, Second Edition (eds A. Azapagic and S. Perdan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470972847.ch13

Editor Information

  1. School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470718711

Online ISBN: 9780470972847

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Keywords:

  • sustainable process design - case of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM);
  • sustainability criteria, integrated within common framework - guiding design of sustainable processes and chemical plants;
  • process design, based on technical and micro-economic considerations - ensuring that the proposed plant is ‘fit for purpose’;
  • integrating sustainability criteria into process design;
  • designing sustainable processes, plants and facilities - requiring a systems approach, sustainability integrated systematically into design;
  • examples of sustainability criteria - for process design;
  • initial choice of sustainability design criteria - refined in later stages of design;
  • vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant - simplified life cycle diagram of VCM plant;
  • EDC purification, EDC treated to remove impurities - before conversion into VCM in cracking stage;
  • employee health and safety - occupational health and safety, issues for any chemical plant, and VCM

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Design, Systems and Life Cycles

  • Sustainable Process Design

  • Case Study: Designing a More Sustainable Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) Process

  • Acknowledgements

  • References and Further Reading