The Association of Lebanese Industrialists (A.L.I.) has mobilized funding in December 2008 from GIZ – Germany in collaboration with CDR – Project of the Environmental Fund for Lebanon (EFL) to execute the environmental industrial project under the title “Cleaner Production Options for the Chemical Sector in Lebanon”.
This pilot project’s overall objective is “greening” of the chemical sector in Lebanon through adoption of cleaner production options at 4 selected chemical industries, aiming to maximize profits and minimize the environmental pollution from contaminated solvents.
Also, the project’s aim is to create a permanent « Environmental Unit » at A.L.I. to carry out the implementation of the project, also to support and raise awareness of the members on issues related to cleaner production, green technologies, as well as environment and energy conservation in general.
In 2010, 4 Lebanese industries were selected according to specific criteria to implement this project.
- 2 Paint Industries: - BMA Commercial & Industrial sarl
- The Sons of Michel Boutros Co.
- 2 Printing Industries: - Arab Scientific Publishers
- RotoFlexopress Société d'Imprimerie et d'Emballage sal
In the printing industry, the major solvents that are used and need to be recovered are: Isopropyl Alcohol, Blanket Wash, and Fountain Solution.
In the Lebanese paint industry, the solvents to be recovered are: Xylene, Toluene, Butyl Acetate, Metoxy Propyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, and Naphta 100.
Therefore, 4 “Solvent Recycler Units” were needed to purify the contaminated solvents used both in the printing and paint industries to their original form (99% recycling rate can be obtained).
In 2012, industries installed the solvent recycler machines, purchased from Canada, in their establishment and are currently in full operation.
Recycled solvents are captured – preventing them from contaminating the environment – and are reused in the production process again as raw material, hence economic savings will result.