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Air Quality & Emissions Show (AQE)

Registration opens for Air Quality & Emissions Show

With political and media activity approaching fever pitch on the subject of air pollution, the role of monitoring is under more scrutiny than ever, so AQE 2018, the Air Quality & Emissions event (Telford, UK 21/22 Nov.), is set to be the busiest yet.

Registration is now open at www.AQEShow.com and all pre-registered visitors will benefit from free parking, refreshments and lunch, in addition to free entry to WWEM 2018, the co-located water & wastewater monitoring event. Both events include a major international exhibition offering access to the latest technologies from the world's leading brands in testing and monitoring. In total there will be almost 200 exhibition stands representing over 300 world-leading organisations. There are charges for attending some of the conferences, but entry to the exhibitions and workshops is free.

AQE ExhibitionAQE 2018 will include a comprehensive technical programme of Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. For example, the STA (Source Testing Association) will run a conference on the first day, Wednesday 21st November, focusing on the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), which will come into force on 20th December 2018, and affect over 30,000 plants in the UK, such as generators and incinerators.

Ambient air quality will be the focus of a conference organised by IAPSC (Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Committee) on the second day. The main themes of this conference will be: sensor-based air quality monitoring techniques; engaging the public with air quality; and green infrastructure and its potential role in LAQM.

Seeking ways to improve urban air quality, the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) will host a one-day seminar on 21st November focusing on the development of Clean Air Zones (CAZs), and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) will also host a seminar at the event.

Workshops will run throughout both days, offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the latest methods and technologies on show.

With so much to choose from visitors are being urged to register early at www.AQEshow.com and to plan their visit in advance.

New Medium Combustion Plant Directive affects over 30,000 plants

This year's Air Quality & Emissions Show, AQE 2018, will focus heavily on the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), which will come into force on 20th December 2018. AQE Organiser Marcus Pattison says: "This new regulation will affect an enormous number of processes, so it is vitally important that they are fully aware of the requirements and how to implement them.

AQE 2018 Logomain"Visitors to the first day of the AQE 2018 Conference (Telford, 21st November) will be provided with detailed information on the MCPD, and the accompanying workshops and exhibition will enable them to appraise the monitoring requirements that will be appropriate to their business."

The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) applies to generators and plants between 1 and 50 MW (net rated thermal input) and an impact assessment has estimated that between 30,000 and 35,000 of these plants are currently operating in the UK. The introduction of the MCPD was supported by the UK, and it was transposed into UK law in January 2018.

From 20th December 2018 new plants will need to be registered or have obtained a permit and comply with emission limit values (ELVs) for sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and dust. The ELVs to be applied are dependent on plant, fuel type and size. Existing plants (i.e. those which were in operation before 20th December 2018) must be registered or have obtained a permit. They must comply with the requirements from 2024 or 2029, depending mostly on size, with the aim of full implementation by 2030.

The Conference programme covering the MCPD has been organised by the Source Testing Association, and will include speakers from the Environment Agency, Uniper, Viridor and the Combustion Engineers Association.

Registration for AQE 2018 is now open at www.ilmexhibitions.com. By registering, visitors will be eligible for free parking and refreshments, as well as free entry to the exhibition, the workshops, and the water and wastewater monitoring event that is taking place in an adjacent hall – see www.WWEM.uk.com. The combined exhibitions will feature over 230 companies representing more than 400 manufacturers, and there will be a total of over 140 free technical workshops to choose from.