MnTAP Launches VOC Reduction Program
Efficiency and conservation efforts in Minnesota were strong in 2013. The work of MnTAP’s dedicated staff has resulted in significant source reduction of hazardous pollutants and improved efficiency in the use of raw material, water and energy at businesses across the state.
Through continued support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), MnTAP has launched an outreach effort to promote reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which contribute significantly to our state’s air pollution.
In 2013, we focused on industrial water conservation
with support from Metropolitan Council Environmental Services and funding from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the state constitution. We have also launched two energy conservation studies sponsored through Conservation Applied Research and Development grants by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) and concluded a major energy conservation outreach effort supported by the US Department of Energy and administered through DER. We appreciate the continued support from all our partner organizations and utilities, helping MnTAP keep businesses in Minnesota financially strong while reducing their environmental impact.
The waste, energy and water conservation MnTAP has helped implement has resulted in an impressive set of environmental outcomes for the calendar year 2013. We have provided assistance to 200 companies across the state, with 42 companies realizing reductions totaling more than 1 million pounds of waste, 6.2 million kWh and over 400,000 therms of energy, as well as conserving 50 million gallons of water. Combined, these reductions are saving companies more than $1.2 million annually. The cost savings are helping many of these companies increase production, create jobs, and invest back in their businesses, strengthening Minnesota’s economy and helping to revitalize Minnesota manufacturing.
- VOC Reduction Program
- Intern Program
- Staff Changes
- Recycling & Waste Reduction
- Materials Exchange