INCOPA is the European Inorganic Coagulants Producers Association
Inorganic coagulants are aluminium and iron salts; elements essential for water treatment, paper manufacturing, cement industry and fertiliser production. They are naturally occurring and afford safe drinking water to billions the world over.
INCOPA’s members manufacture inorganic coagulants (aluminium and iron salts) which are used to purify drinking water, treat wastewater, and create vital products such as cement, fertilisers and paper.
What is the carbon footprint of inorganic coagulants?
Inorganic coagulants are soluble salts which are used to purify drinking water and waste water from municipalities and industry. The term ‘inorganic’ simply indicates that the coagulants are not derived from living matter. Typically aluminium and iron salts are used to make coagulants.
These materials are abundant in the Earth’s crust and can also be derived from the recycling processes of industries such as steelmaking.
Conducted by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on behalf of INCOPA, the LCA study found that the cradle-to-gate emissions of all coagulants studied averaged 0.106 kg CO2-eq/mole Fe3+ or Al3+. The value is extremely low.
Inorganic coagulants provide a cost-effect, environmentally friendly method of water purification.
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