UV/EB Technology is known for many environmental positives, offering users a great opportunity to transform their systems to more efficient and cleaner processes. RadTech has formed a new sustainability committee to better promote the environmental benefits of UV/EB and explore how the industry may address increasing environmental concerns. The members are as follows.
David Biro, Director, Narrow Web Technology, Sun Chemical
Todd Fayne, Associate Director, Global Snacks R&D, Pepsi Co
Andrew Mitchell, Senior Research Engineer, Printpack
Dan Thesis, Principal Scientist, Sustainable Consumption & Packaging, P&G
Jake Staples, Technical Manager, Wausau
RadTech Sustainability Policy Statement
RadTech is a non profit trade association dedicated to the advancement of ultraviolet and electron beam (UV+EB) processes. RadTech serves as an international forum and source of information for individuals and organizations involved in the development and use of UV+EB technology.
UV+EB curing is a means for coatings, inks, adhesives, composites, and other materials to be cured (dried). The ultraviolet light spectrum in a UV lamp or focused electrons in EB interact with specialty formulated chemistries, using less energy and emitting little to no Volatile Organic Compounds or Hazardous Air Pollutants.
A wide range of industries use UV+EB technologies, including printing and packaging, aerospace and defense, automotive, collision repair and refinish, composites, electronics, metal finishing, medical devices, plastics, wood finishing, and building products, and 3D printing/additive manufacturing.
UV+EB technologies routinely provide alternatives to legacy processes by reducing emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).
We encourage the continued voluntary adoption of UV+EB technologies in industrial processes as a means to reduce harmful air emissions without sacrificing performance.
UV+EB technologies provide a less energy-intensive means to cure coatings, inks, adhesives, composites, and other materials. We support technical innovation and the adoption of UV+EB technologies as an effective means of reducing energy consumption in industrial processes.
Reducing GHG Emissions
Greenhouse gas is a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation, e.g., carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons. They can be naturally occurring or synthetic. The UV+EB industry recognizes industrial activity contributes to global warming–and UV+EB technologies offer an effective process to reduce emissions. We support industry efforts to reduce GHG emissions from the manufacturer and distribution of their products.
We commit to continued innovation and efforts to encourage the adoption of UV+EB technologies to reduce both direct and indirect GHG emissions.
Chemicals of Concern
environmental or health concerns. As an industry, we are responding by researching and developing alternatives to these chemicals or by identifying more environmentally proactive alternatives to legacy processes.
The UV+EB industry commits to providing technologies that support the effort to reduce the use of virgin materials, where possible, and encourage the wider use of recycled materials. As part of this initiative RadTech as an industry encourages and supports research of biobased materials to continue to innovate safer and cleaner alternatives.
We commit to continued innovation and adoption of products that do not interfere with composting, recycling, and recovery of materials that use UV+EB technology.
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