For California-based Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc, a certified business specialising in air pollution capture and control systems for industrial applications, 2019 was the year that saw the company considerably expand its services in Asia in a bid to help bring the region’s critical pollution crisis under control. Last year, Ship & Shore not only opened new manufacturing facilities and a string of branch offices, but the company also assumed an advisory role on environmental pollution abatement, providing support to a number of different organisations throughout the region.
According to Greenpeace and Beijing-based AirVisual, 99 of the 100 most-polluted cities in the world are in Asia. Eleven of the top 45 most-polluted cities on the World Pollution Index (2.5 PM scale) are in China. Every year in Thailand, farmers burning their lands causes smog to envelope Bangkok, forcing harmful particulate levels far beyond WHO-approved safety levels. In Vietnam, more people die from air pollution every year than motorbike accidents. Ship & Shore can help manufacturers in different industries, including the plastics industry, address volatile organic compound (VOC) abatement issues with tailored "green" solutions. Moreover, it can develop customised, energy efficient air pollution abatement systems for various industries that also improve operational efficiency.
The driving force behind S&S is its president and CEO Anoosheh Oskouian. As she puts it: “It is inspiring and truly worthwhile to be at the forefront of this movement towards global environmental consciousness.”
Last October, the company opened a new manufacturing facility in Shanghai, and a month later, it expanded its manufacturing operations in Bangkok. Now, only months later, the S & S general manager at the Thai office has already joined an ad-hoc committee formed to help solve air pollution throughout the country. Moreover, the company is advising the Thai parliament about petrochemical smog, volatile organic compound (VOC) pollution, and how VOCs contribute to health problems and smog across the country, while also educating legislators about abatement technologies, methods, and industrial solutions. S&SE continues to expand this consultancy role in the region as governmental and corporate bodies establish and implement new industry standards.