The DOE EM-334 project, Pollution Prevention (P2) by Design, offers an integrated set of tools to help engineers and designers incorporate pollution prevention strategies during the design of new products, processes, and facilities in order to reduce life cycle costs and increase materials and energy efficiency.
P2-EDGE is a software tool that raises pollution prevention awareness by providing numerous opportunities to incorporate pollution prevention into projects during the design phase. Each opportunity is supported by data to help you evaluate the applicability and potential benefits to your project. Built-in filters narrow the focus to only the opportunities that apply, based on project size and design stage.
P2-EDGE displays a qualitative matrix to compare the opportunities based on implementation difficulty and potential cost savings. The program indicates which stage of the project will realize pollution prevention benefits (engineering/procurement, construction, startup, normal operations, off-normal operations, or decommissioning) and who will benefit (the project, the site, the region, or global). If a technology is recommended, P2-EDGE shows whether that technology is currently available off the shelf or is still in development.
P2-EDGE is intended to be used on a project by project basis and to be revisited with each successive design stage (functional design through definitive design). The user can customize the database to project-specific circumstances by adding additional opportunities or editing existing opportunities. Additional functions include report generation and a search feature. For new P2-EDGE users, an orientation module in the program explains the basic concepts of pollution prevention and how the software can be used to support design projects.
The P2-EDGE Software and User's Guide as well as a Training Course and a Good Practice Guide can be downloaded from the P2DFE Web Site
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