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Dvorak, B. Pollution Prevention/Environmental Sustainability for Industry. Environments 2021, 8, 91. https://




It has been 30 years since, in the United States, the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 focused attention on reducing pollution through cost-effective changes in production, operation, and raw materials use. The pollution prevention approach was novel in focusing on increasing the efficiency of a process and reducing the amount of pollution generated at its source. Worldwide, industrial organizations embraced cleaner production approaches that result in reducing pollution at the source. Governmental bodies are exploring the best prevention and control polices for pollution and energy management. Since that time, the industry has successfully applied the three pillars of sustainability—economic, environmental, and social—to minimize waste and emissions, reduce negative social impacts, improve profitability, and gain a competitive edge. This Special Issue on ‘Pollution Prevention/Environmental Sustainability for Industry’ presents advances related to novel methods for the analysis of material and energy flows, innovative processes and technologies, applications of life cycle assessment, assessment of barriers to implementation within industry, analyses of policies to increase pollution prevention, and case studies highlighting pollution prevention and energy efficiency applications.