Emission measurement: becoming more and more important

The times that companies could release pollutants into the water and atmosphere lie behind us and it is likely that the costs, related to emissions, will increase. Governments are also requiring more proof of the amounts of pollutants, released by companies. Therefore, environmental measurements are becoming of more importance and more critical for the operation of companies. However, measurements are not always easy or accurate.

With every production process, the creation of potentially polluting substances is unavoidable. These unwanted substances were often just dumped in the environment (e.g. production water from oil wells, containing minerals and small amounts of crude oil, were released into the surface waters or CO2 as result of the combustion of hydrocarbons, was released directly into the atmosphere). But the governments are putting more and more restrictions on what is allowed, including taxes and fines on releases (deliberate or accidental). However, the measurement of emissions is notoriously difficult, either because of low concentrations or because of the large amounts, diluted by other releases. An example of the first is the amount of crude oil in produced water, an example of the second the exhaust gases in a chimney. Often, the traditional measurement techniques cannot be used for emission measurements as these are not “fit for purpose” and other, often novel, techniques need to be applied. Because of the complexities of these measurements, independent expert advice is highly recommended. Hint B.V. has the knowledge and expertise to provide an independent advice for you measurement problem so you can show the government that your environmental emissions stay within the frame of the law and can give support to handle the data in a specialized data-base.
Benefits

  • Show responsible behavior and policy of company towards environmental issues towards governments and regulators.
  • Cost effective measurement of emissions.
  • Minimize costs of emissions.
  • Minimize risk of fines for pollution.
  • Improve “green” image of company towards society.