Why it concerns you
ELINA addresses at the integrated ‘green’ life-cycle management of WO&PR, a waste stream of sludge and/or liquid state substances consisting totally and/or partially of mineral oil, synthesized hydrocarbons (synthetic oils), oily residues from tanks, oil-water mixtures, emulsions and water solvent compounds.
WO&PR are the largest petroleum derived waste stream and are produced mainly from large scale industries, vehicles’ fuel stations and ships. Therefore, the separate integrated management of those wastes is of great importance in countries with significant industrial activity and shipping sector.
ELINA is particularly important not only for the integrated management of Petroleum Residues but also for the sustainable management of other petroleum derived waste streams, such as Waste Lube Oils. These primary waste streams (petroleum residues and waste oils) are often mixed at their source of origin by the waste producers. The mixing of different waste stream complicates the integrated management of each waste stream in issues that are related with the regeneration process for the production of regenerated lube oils. To this end, the ELINA Project aims at the source separation of as much as possible WO&PR waste streams in order to highlight the alternative pathways and technologies for the utilization of these streams.
Generally, the content of the ELINA Project is of great concern regarding the environmental friendly and sustainable management of WO&PR because:
- It is closely related to sea and coastal pollution
- It is dealing with the environmental management of a specific and hazardous waste stream
- It examines technical issues that play decisive role to the relevant legislation
- It establishes environmental sound practices on WO&PR management that are based on source separation