The increasing emphasis on cleaner air presents new challenges for industry to treat contaminants at air emission sources. 

Activated carbon material and systems are utilized for industrial air treatment in order to capture toxic air pollutants (primarily Volatile Organics Compounds, or VOC) from petrochemical plants, landfill sites, manufacturing operations, and chemical processing facilities.

The European Commission proposes to address air pollution in EuropeEvery year, more than 400 000 people in the EU die prematurely due to the consequences of air pollution: this is more than 10 times the toll of road traffic accidents. Another 6.5 million people fall sick as air pollution causes diseases such as strokes, asthma and bronchitis. Air pollution also harms our natural environment, impacting both vegetation and wildlife: almost two-thirds of Europe’s ecosystems are threatened by the effects of air pollution.

In 2013, the EU proposed a Clean Air Policy Package to further reduce emissions of air pollutants until 2030.

Typical areas in petroleum, manufacturing, and chemical plants that may require control of organics emissions (hazardous, toxic or create nuisance odors, are:

  • Process vents
  • Product, waste storage, clarifier slop tank vents
  • Vacuum filter exhausts
  • Drainage and collection system manholes
  • Oil/water separators
  • Loading/unloading terminals
  • Filter presses
  • Vapor Recovery Units

Activated carbon is the leading technology for the removal of VOCs from air and other gases, including the removal of siloxanes from biogas. In most cases, the compound can be removed to below the detection limit, which means that the most stringent air quality regulations can be met and exceeded. The technology is reliable, simple and has been proven over many years.

Activated carbon

Chemviron has over 70 years experience in manufacturing of the highest quality activated carbons for use in Solvent Recovery, VOC emissions control, and gas treatment applications. Activated carbon products are available in a range of granular and pelleted particle sizes to fit the stringent requirements of industrial applications.

Reactivation services

Chemviron offers safe and economical spent carbon handling and thermal reactivation (total destruction of the adsorbed organics), in conjunction with fresh carbon supply and provides personnel and equipment to perform the carbon exchange on a turnkey basis.


Chemviron can bundle the performance advantages of vapor phase activated carbon with adsorption equipment (service or purchase) and related services, to provide a full turnkey solution.