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The Role of Optical Gas Imaging in Reducing Air Pollution

A comprehensive guide has been introduced by FLIR Commercial Systems that details the role played by Optical Gas Imaging in the Refining of Mineral Oil & Gas BREF (Best Available Technique Reference ) as a section of the new European Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

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Industrial activities play a significant role in the economic well-being of Europe contributing to sustainable growth. Industrial production processes account for a fair share of the total European pollution created by greenhouse gas emission, wastewater emissions, acidifying substances and waste. To adopt steps to reduce emissions from such installations, the European Commission adopted the IPPC Directive on industrial emissions on 21 December 2007.

The IPPC Directive succeeds the IED and is about reducing pollution from a number of industrial sources throughout the EU.

The EMEA Region business development manager for GF cameras and optical gas imaging at FLIR Commercial systems stated that optical gas imaging was first introduced by FLIR Commercial Systems as a commercially viable technology in 2006 in the EU.

Technical working organizations and the end users of FLIR OGI technology work together to acquire pertinent economic, technical, scientific and legal information on health, environmental and safety issues related to refining of crude oil and use and distribution of petroleum products, such as CONCAWE.

A trial was done in 2007 using the FLIR OGI technology. The key focus of the final draft of the BREF includes a report, 62, CONCAWE 2008 and a conclusion produced by CONCAWE. This is with regards to volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions prevention and control and VOC diffuse monitoring, as part of the new Directive on industrial emissions 2010/75/EU (IED).

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