Science and technology, along with global effort in a common cause, has controlled the worst impact of the Covid pandemic. Now the more significant challenge of tackling a potentially far more devastating threat to the world – climate change – has to be solved by science, technology and innovation in a common global cause. All of us can and will have to play our part by changing our habits and behaviour to reduce the carbon emissions we are responsible for and reduce the amount of waste we generate.
Centrego is a small company that is having a significant impact. The company designs, develops and manufactures Electrochemical Activation (ECA) systems that generate a powerful but safe disinfectant and cleaning solution from simply water, salt and small amounts of electricity. The inputs are natural and naturally sustainable – water and salt – and the amount of electricity used to generate a litre of the solutions is around 10% of that used to boil a kettle. However, the real environmental benefit is that the solutions are generated in situ – at the premises where the solution will be used. So no transportation of solutions from a manufacturing plant to a warehouse, then on to a distributor, then onto you the client, racking up transport miles and emissions, every month, month after month. No plastic containers and packaging to manage and dispose of. No harmful chemicals to pose a risk to the environment – and staff, and customers. No synthetic chemicals to manufacture.
Of course, the devices that generate the ECA solutions have to be manufactured and transported to a site, and that creates carbon emissions. However, Centrego takes extreme care to reduce these to a minimum. Once on-site, the carbon footprint of generating the combined cleaning and disinfection solutions is minimal and uses only water and salt. It takes very few litres of the solution generated by Centrego’s ECA solutions to ‘pay-off’ the carbon emissions from manufacturing the devices and then be in credit compared to synthetic, delivered chemicals.
ECA solutions contain the active substances hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite. Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a very powerful disinfectant. Still, it is safe for humans to use as it is a compound that macroorganisms produce as a defence against infection by pathogens. It is non-toxic, non-hazardous and hypoallergenic. The solutions revert to slightly salty water when in contact with organic matter, posing no environmental risk. It kills microorganisms including bacteria, viruses (including SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19), fungi, moulds and spores virtually on contact at low concentrations with very high efficacy – up to 99.999% kill rate. The solutions are used to clean and disinfect hard surfaces and fabrics in food processing and preparation, brewing, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, aquaculture, horticulture and agriculture, and clinical environments.
Centrego has a range of systems to meet all applications – from small and medium-sized devices for general cleaning and disinfection tasks to large industrial systems. Adopting the technology allows companies and corporates to improve hygiene and safety standards for their facilities, staff, and customers. It also helps them in their efforts to meet the environmental and sustainability targets they will be setting. In addition, it will also save them money in a short period.
Every company can make a difference by making changes that will reduce the environmental impact of their work. Adopting ECA technology and systems by itself will not reverse climate change – but it is an essential step that, when combined with other innovations, technology and action, will make a difference. Be on the right side – of the argument, the environment, history and the planet.
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