Horizon 2020 enhances countries’ capacities for proper monitoring of industrial emissions

on 18 July 2012.

One of the most important capacity building activities conducted under the de-pollution efforts of the Horizon 2020 Initiative took place in Athens, on 11-14 June 2012. The 4-day training course was organized by the University of Athens within the frameworks of the Horizon 2020 CB/MEP and ENPI Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), in collaboration with UNEP/MAP’s MEDPOL programme. It was a joint effort to address the needs identified by the participating countries themselves.

The main objective of the course was to introduce trainees to the existing mechanisms for the qualitative and quantitative identification of industrial emissions, reporting, as well as communicating the analysis of results. The mechanisms that were reviewed, included those established by the European Union as well as the Barcelona Convention (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR), National Baseline Budget of Emissions and Releases, SEIS, reporting mechanisms) highlighting compatibility and synergy between them.

The course introduced the principle of having full qualitative and quantitative control and understanding of the pollutants emissions into air and water that originate from any industrial process so as to be able to intervene at the appropriate step of the industrial process and reduce pollution by applying Best Available Technology (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP).

Fifty five professionals from Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, the occupied Palestinian territory, Tunisia and Turkey attended the course. Most of the trainees were from relevant Ministries, the industrial sector, cleaner production centers, chambers of commerce, employers associations, research institutes dealing with environmental data control and documentation. Several sessions allowed for exchanging experience on the current application of such mechanisms in the countries by highlighting possible difficulties and bottlenecks.

The course was structured around interactive lectures, practical examples, case study presentations, software exercises, plenary discussions and a half-day field visit to the state-of-the-art plant of Titan Cement Company S.A .

More information and all of the training materials are available at: