2019-09-04

Emissions of pollutants are a reality of our current economy, but technological solutions exist and are able to manage concretely emissions in the industrial, transport and energy sectors.

Whether it is in the industrial, transport or energy sector, emissions of different pollutants, such as Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Sulphur oxides (SOx), heavy metals and particulate matter are a reality of our current economy and are expected to remain a reality for the foreseeable future.

Despite slow improvements, air pollution continues to exceed the EU’s and World Health Organization’s limits. Therefore it is of utmost importance that we find innovative ways to reduce these emissions. The EU has approached the matter by promoting different solutions, among which is the use of Air Quality Control Systems (AQCS).

These technologies clean the flue gases from pollutants allowing for cleaner discharge of flue gases. For example, Flue Gas Desulphurization technologies successfully remove SOx by spraying limestone (calcium carbonate) through the flue gas. This process produces gypsum, which again is a useful by-product that can be used safely in the building sector. As such the practice not only reduces pollution but also promotes the circular economy.

Applying such technologies saves not only huge amounts of costs in terms of environmental damages, but also contributes to an improvement of the health of millions of people. Fortunately, the EU is a frontrunner in requiring strict emission limits which it lays down in its Best Available Techniques Reference Documents (BREFs).

Energy Technologies Europe has actively contributed to the establishment of these emissions limits and will continue to ensure that European Citizens are protected by the strictest emission limits that can be achieved with the best available techniques. Therefore we are continuously sharing technological developments in the field with the regulators to ensure that the limits remain up to date with the latest technological developments.