The objective of double-digit growth has triggered huge investments, to the estimates of around one trillion USD by 2017. The sheer magnitude has made it imperative to not only opt for advanced technology to improve efficiency to meet the ever-widening demand-supply gap, but also, more importantly, controlling, and to a great extent, considerably reducing the impact on the environment. This calls for a balanced approach between environment protection and growth plans. The growing demand also brings into focus the need to implement concepts like ‘reclaim, recycle and re-use,’ which calls for out-of-the-box thinking. A significant development in recent times is that L&T, ECC Division has successfully used crusher dust as a substitute to river sand by using dry classifiers. This is a model that needs to be replicated elsewhere because –First, it replaces natural sand thereby bringing down the impact on natural resources; secondly, it highlights the fact that the concept of ‘reclaim, recycle and re-use’ can be successfully implemented; thirdly, it underlines the importance of opting for advanced technologies that bring down pollution.Look at the emerging scenario: Out of the total market for the CE industry, the share of crushing and screening equipment (CSE) is pegged at 13 per cent – that is, $30 billion across 2012-17. That is sweet music to OEMs. But when it comes to pollution control, there is much to be desired. As per the input collected by EQUIPMENT INDIA from the user industry, we are using age-old methods to control/reduce noise and dust pollution. Majority of the OEMs offer different features which are not satisfactory to end-user segments. For example, the power-generating DG sets are provided with acoustic enclosures to reduce noise levels. However, there are no such features inbuilt in crushers to reduce noise. Pollution control measures need to be an important aspect of the crushing business and it is imperative that the industry takes note of the same and offers solutions accordingly. The latest methods must be adopted by the OEMs viz, electrostatic precipitators, bag filters, vacuum dust extractors, wet scrubbers. At the same time, it needs to be noted that the industry is really focusing on energy-efficiency, and safety features inbuilt in machines such as hydraulic relief for quick chamber clearance, dynamic adjust for quick adjustment under load, easy bowl extraction for quick liner replacement, etc, all features that ensure restricted human interface while undertaking critical crushing activities. There is a need for better technology to improve efficiencies, and more importantly, there is the need for concerted efforts from various stakeholders to bring about a balance between environment protection and growth plans.