Ministerial support for Indian emissions monitoring conference

CEM India 2017Reflecting the importance of climate change and air pollution to the Indian Government, the CEM India 2017 Conference (26-28 Sept. New Delhi) will be opened by the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The Minister will also deliver a presentation emphasising the role of monitoring in environmental protection. The Secretary to the Minister will deliver a keynote presentation on the second day of the event, and the Chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will deliver the keynote presentation on the third and final day.

An international Exhibition will accompany the Conference, providing visitors with an opportunity to see the latest technologies and services from leading Indian and international providers.

As one of the world's fastest growing economies and with the third highest level of carbon dioxide emissions, India has a vital role to play in the fight against climate change and air pollution. Recognising the critical role of monitoring in emissions management, the CPCB has adopted Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) as the preferred method for measuring industrial emissions in India. The CPCB has initially directed plants in 17 categories of highly polluting industries to install CEMS for real-time monitoring and compliance with regulatory emissions limits.

The industry sectors affected by these new requirements include Aluminium, Cement, Chlor Alkali, Copper, Distilleries, Dying, Fertilizers, Iron & Steel, Oil Refineries, Pesticides, Petrochemical Plants, Pharmaceuticals, Power Plants, Pulp and Paper Mills, Sugar, Tanneries and Zinc. The parameters specified for continuous monitoring include Particulates, Hydrogen Fluoride, Ammonia, Sulphur Dioxide, NOx, Chlorine, Hydrogen Chloride, Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide.

India is taking a tough stance on the control of air pollution; in the space of just 5 months closure notices have been issued to around 500 industrial facilities that failed to install CEMS equipment. Following the implementation of the scheme across the initial 17 industry sectors it will be rolled out to other industrial processes.

Commenting on the Indian Government’s initiative, CEM India organiser Marcus Pattison says: “It is clear that major changes are underway in the management of industrial emissions in India, and international cooperation will play an important role. The Technical Committee of CEM India 2017 therefore includes leading experts from India in addition to highly knowledgeable and experienced individuals from the UK, USA and Germany.”

The themes of the CEM India 2017 Conference have been designed to provide representatives from Indian industries with help and guidance on a range of emissions monitoring related issues including: Regulations, Monitoring Guidelines, Manual and

Continuous Emission Monitoring, Calibration and Quality Control, Monitoring Techniques for Key Parameters and Data Management. A number of industrial case studies will also be provided.