Air Monitoring

CEM 2018 builds trust and reliability in emissions monitoring

Aug 03 2018 Read 1138 Times

Author: Marcus Pattison on behalf of CEM

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Following a hugely successful Conference and Exhibition in Budapest, the organisers of CEM 2018 have expressed their delight with the high volume of delegates, speakers and exhibitors that attended the event in May. In addition to the traditional themes of industrial emissions monitoring and regulation, the 2018 Conference also included other applications such as the monitoring of emissions from transport, including ships and motor vehicles. A variety of novel monitoring techniques were also described, such as the deployment of drones for the remote surveillance of large areas.

“The lowering of emissions limits has placed a growing pressure on monitoring techniques and technologies, so CEM 2018 provided an excellent forum for all stakeholders to share ideas and experience,” commented Rod Robinson from NPL in the UK. “It was particularly interesting to hear from those responsible for monitoring transport emissions because they are addressing similar issues to those of us working with industrial emissions. Consequently, significant cross-pollination of ideas took
place, because all sectors share the common goal of trustworthy, reliable data.
“This was also the case for the speakers from India, who are faced with the fair and effective implementation of new emissions regulations across an enormous number of industrial plants.”
With 51 speakers from 11 countries, the Conference focused on the role of monitoring in air pollution and climate change; providing an insight into the latest regulations, technologies, Standards, methods and techniques. Visitors to CEM 2018 included anyone with a professional interest in emissions to air from industry, vehicles and ships. This included regulators, process operators, manufacturers, fleet operators, energy companies, engine manufacturers, waste management organisations, standards organisations, testing contractors, academia, researchers, instrument manufacturers, analytical companies, abatement companies and many more.
The first day of the CEM Conference focused on regulation, standardisation across Europe, limits of detection, measurement uncertainty and the applicability of standard reference methods. On the second day, delegates were presented with an opportunity to choose between two parallel sessions. The first addressed the monitoring and abatement of mercury and fine particulate emissions, followed by presentations on the monitoring of gaseous species at low concentrations.
Several of the speakers discussed the monitoring implications of existing and upcoming regulations that will reduce mercury emissions. Emilia Jyrkiäinen, for example, from Gasmet Technologies, said: “In the EU, new air pollution limits for large combustion plants will require utilities to invest in new pollution abatement technology. The requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) (DIRECTIVE 2010/75/EU) for both abatement and monitoring are addressed in the Best Available Techniques Conclusions for Large Combustion Plants (LCP BREF). This requires large European power plants to comply with new emission limits values (ELVs) for mercury and other pollutants by 2021.” Speaking after the event Emelia added: “From my discussions with delegates, it was clear that many countries are already preparing for the new regulations and we believe that continuous monitoring will be preferred because this can also help improve process control.”
The alternative session focused on fugitive emissions and fence-line monitoring............

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