Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield on 23 May 2016
I’m just back from the annual Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections meeting in Zagreb. I’d experienced the wonderful Adriatic coast in Croatia before with my family, featuring a visit to the unique and atmospheric Palace of Diocletian in Split. But I’d never been to Zagreb before, and was very pleased to be able to participate in the TFEIP workshop and meeting, in such an interesting and unusual city. Where else can you visit a capital city beginning with Z? Nowhere, that’s where.
The conference took place in the aptly named Hotel Panorama. My room on the 17th floor did indeed have a dramatic panorama of the city, but perhaps unusually, the delegates at this air pollution conference seemed to be pointing their lenses towards the adjacent 202 metre power station chimney. And so did I!
My colleagues and I were there to contribute to the Task Force discussions and decisions, particularly related to our recently completed update to the EMEP/EEA Guidebook on emission inventory compilations. This might sound quite an obscure process, but it is in fact important for each country which has signed up to emissions ceilings under the National Emissions Ceiling Directive, and the Gothenburg Protocol. In order to assess compliance with these obligations, each country has to compile an emissions inventory, using the Guidebook as the primary reference point. This enables inventories to be compiled consistently and checked independently. Countries can understand whether they are complying with current limits, and manage progress towards upcoming limits in the next 10 years.
We at Ricardo have recently worked with partners at Aether and Amec to carry out some important updates to the Guidebook in a project funded by the European Commission. We have addressed some key issues including emissions from small-scale combustion plant, and whether particulate matter emission factors represent filterable, condensable or total particulates. At the expert level, we were able to consider in detail these technical matters, which will have a knock-on effect on the reliability and completeness of national pollution inventories, and ultimately, to ongoing improvements in air quality in Europe and worldwide.
And while I was in Zagreb, I took the opportunity to spend a poignant hour at the famous “Museum of Broken Relationships,” and also to take a walk up towards Mount Medvenica – the long mountain that you can see in the top photograph, and from where you get an excellent view of … a 202 metre chimney!
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