11th Conference on Emissions Monitoring (CEM), Istanbul, Turkey, May 2014

I chaired the 11th Conference on Emissions Monitoring (CEM)  in Istanbul, Turkey this week (14-16th May 2014). There was a palpable sombre air over the meeting as a result of continuing updates on the status of the mine disaster occurring only a few hundred miles away at the Soma mine in Turkey and the organisers and delegates sent their thoughts and best wishes to those affected by these tragic events.

A representative from the government laboratories of the Environment Ministry, Mr Soner Olgun, gave a perfectly pitched overview of monitoring and compliance issues in Turkey. Although not yet a member of the EU, Turkey is now following many of the EU standards for monitoring air pollution. The emission limit values under EU directives such as the IED do not yet apply, but there are emission limits for large industrial sources and, if they do not do so already, these sources must start to report emission data continuously online to the authorities within the next few years.

Session 1 of CEM dealt with monitoring and compliance under US and EU regulatory frameworks and Session 2 with QA/QC of standards methods to ensure accuracy and reliability.Â

On the evening of the first day the delegates were treated to dinner and traditional music on a cruise along the Bosphorus river past the iconic Istanbul skyline. There was even a bit of belly dancing to raise eyebrows and heart rates.Â

Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions dealt with innovative monitoring methods and industrial case studies, including greenhouse gas reporting, CCS storage measurement methods as well as emissions from challenging industrial sources.

Thursday evening was a drinks reception around the posters and throughout the extensive exhibition area. The CEM exhibition is now the backbone of this well established international meeting, hosting over 50 companies demonstrating systems and services for monitoring and control. The exhibition is attended by all the CEM delegates and also by walk-in day visitors. The booths were kept busy throughout the whole week with several sponsors actually cancelling evening plans in order to cope with the overwhelming demand for information and prospective orders.Â

With over 320 delegates from a very impressive >60 countries, including the middle east, central Africa, South America and Australasia, the potential for networking and growing international contacts was immense.Â

CEM12 will be held in Portugal in 2016.Â

All papers from the conference are available for free download from using the username : cem2014 and password : cem2014