Sustainable plant process design seeks to "eliminate negative environmental impacts through skilful, sensitive design" [McLennan, J. F. (2004), The Philosophy of Sustainable Design]. It includes innovations relating to the use of renewable resources, energy efficient processes, using fewer limited resources, responsible use of all by-products, and the reduction and treatment of any waste such that there is a minimal impact on the environment.
The success of sustainable plant process design also requires operational efficiency through engineering innovation and digital technologies. Innovative solutions arise through a process of discovery, frequently from ideas, concepts and practices across related industries and sectors.
Kloss & Associates believes that Sustainable Plant Process Design is core to guiding production process design, and adopting these principles will lead to social, economic and ecological benefits.