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Major manufacturing and business sectors are improving environmental performance to cut waste, improve economic competitiveness and gain other important benefits. Steel recycling in the
EPA's 2008 Sector Performance Report provides environmental profiles of 12 major sectors of the
The report shows each sector's environmental impact, including air emissions, water discharges, and waste disposal. It also gives a 10-year portrait of performance trends for the nine industrial sectors: for example, air emissions per unit of production fell from four percent to 67 percent from 1996 to 2005, representing more than 300 million pounds fewer air emissions each year. Using government and industry data and case studies, the report also shows areas of progress and highlights where targeted efforts are still needed.
The 12 sectors represent more than 856,000 entities employing more than 12.6 million people, and contributing more than $2.5 trillion annually to the
EPA works with business and industry sectors to find effective ways to improve environmental performance and resource management. The 2008 report can be used by government agencies, business associations, individual companies, communities, and other entities to fully understand sector impacts and then set priorities for action.
To view the report and learn more about EPA's work with business and manufacturing sectors, go to: epa.gov/sectors/