All industrial organisations have a responsibility for managing the environmental impacts of their activities in a systematic way to control any risks of harm that their products, processes, services and other activities may present to employees, the public and the environment as a whole, and to promote sustainable development.
Whilst the Industrial Gases Industry has fewer obvious environmental problems to solve than some parts of Industry, part of the EIGA mission is to promote good environmental practices amongst member companies and developing codes of good environmental practice and training tools.
EIGA also works with the legislators and standards bodies at a European level to ensure that environment regulation is proportionate and effective, as well as helping members with the interpretation.
EIGA has guidance for members on environmental management, environmental good practices, noise and waste management as well as training packages for use in member companies.
The main activity of EIGA member companies is the production and distribution of air gases, nitrogen, oxygen and argon. EIGA companies take the air and seperate it into its constituent parts.
The process is energy intensive using the air as raw material and, where gases can not be generated close to the point of use, there is an impact through distribution by rail or road. The gases can be supplied through pipelines, which has less impact than road distribution, and also in gas cylinders that are reusable returnable pressure vessels with an economic life of more than 20 years