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Environmental Protection

Reducing waste and emissions, increasing production efficiency, and enhancing our natural environment are all key aspirations for the industry.  Around a quarter of all lime produced is used in the protection of the environment and a significant proportion of that is in cleaning of emissions from other industrial processes that are burning fuels and wastes that contain pollutants that have strictly controlled permitted emissions limits or have waste streams that are acidic and harmful requiring treatment with lime prior to their licensed release to the environment.  

Lime and Dolime manufacturing are regulated through the Environmental Permitting Regulations and themselves require operating permits from the Environment Agency.  As part of their environmental permit, British manufacturers implement the ‘Best Available Techniques’ – BAT – for environmental protection. They manage their manufacturing processes and maintain their emissions monitoring and abatement equipment to ensure that they continue to operate below permitted thresholds.