Can you believe it? 10 years with olores.org! Not many of you will remember the first website written in pure html in 2006. However the seed of olores.org was started well before, in November of 2004, after a conference of the VDI and the IWA that happened in the city of Cologne in Germany. Many things have changed from that time but one didn’t and it is this last article of the year summarizing one year of olores.org in a few lines. But first things first, olores.org would like to wish to all their readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for the next 2017.
One more year we would like to thank to the companies that advertise in this site, as they make possible that this portal exists. At olores.org our primary revenue stream is through the advertisements of the sponsors that you see on our web-site. We depend upon this revenue in order to maintain our operations and continue serving the “odour smelly” communities with news and updates.
One of the companies that have been always there in the last 7 years supporting our work is The Synergy Group. The Synergy Group (TSG) is the only Chilean company that integrates vertically in the same company all the services for the odour management: conditions assessment, control and neutralization, R&D laboratory, and monitoring/checking. With more than 20 years experience in this area, TSG was a Gold Sponsor in the III International Conference.
This year we also had the pleasure of counting on the support of the international company SGS. This company set a banner in olores.org for 3 months and we are very grateful to them as well. SGS is an industry pioneer in the area of environmental monitoring of workplace and industrial odors. Their environmental laboratories are fully accredited for sampling a range of environments and measuring concentrations of odors using dynamic olfactometry analysis and chemical measurements.
This year we attended the last WEF 2016 Conference on Odors and Air Pollutants 2016 in March 21–24 in Milwaukee. 60 presentations and 306 people attending the event was the successful balance of the 9th Conference of the Water Environmental Federation. The Air Quality and Odor Control Committee also hold a successful committee meeting on one of the days of the conference.
|Conference WEF, Milwaukee, USA March 2016||Conference NOSE 2016, Ischia, Italy, September 2016||MKO 2016, Gdansk, Poland, April 2016|
We also did not miss the opportunity to attend the NOSE2016. This time, the NOSE conference has been one of the best organized conference in the NOSE series that started in the year 2008 in Rome. We have had the pleasure of attending each and everyone of these European Conferences on odour management and we must say that the AIDIC will have a terrible task if they pretend to do it better next time. Around 90 people, with a different background but a common interest on odour management, gathered for 3 days in the beautiful island of Ischia in Italy.
We also attended the first International Odour Conference (MKO 2016) that was organized by the company Environmental Odour Consulting (EOC) in cooperation with the universities of technology of Gdansk and Wroclaw. Around 60 people gathered for two days in Gdansk, Poland to discuss about issues related with odour management.
Unfortunately, we could not attend other interesting events such as the 3rd Odour Workshop on Product & Material Testing that took place in Kiel in January 2016. We could not make it either for any of the two interesting events in Shanghai this year, the Workshop "Emissions and odour of plastics" in July and the II Chinese-Austrian Workshop on Environmental Odour in September.
We also missed this year the Congress Olfaction & Issues 2016 in Milano in May, the always interesting Silsoe Odour and ADAS Odour Study Day in April and the 3rd Digital Olfaction Society World Congress that took place in Tokio in December.
We finished editing and publishing all the papers presented on our last conference. This task takes a long time, and that is why it took us months before we could publish them all. Most of the articles are in Spanish, but some of them are also in English. Check the full list of papers published here.
This year 2016 we have shared some very important news.
In January A landfill in US reached a $2M settlement in a lawsuit about odours. The odour annoyance was so noticeable that the company Waste Management Inc, had to agree to pay $2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of residents on both sides of the Delaware River who claimed that noxious odours lowered property values and affected their quality of life. This is to our knowledge the largest amount of money involving an odour settlement and that is why we published it in olores.org.
The Interlaboratory Comparison for Olfactometry (ILC) based on the EN 13725:2003 and organized by the company Olfasense was announced in February 2016. The proficiency tests allow laboratories to demonstrate compliance with its performance requirements and compare the performance of their laboratory internationally. It is a pity that the results of this comparison are not openly published anywhere, as they are double blind. The only way to know more about the results of these ILCs is attending the talks of Mr. Maxeiner in the German VDI conferences. By the way, the next VDI conference will be in November 2017 will take place in the city of Nuremberg.
In July, the German-Dutch company Olfasense also announced that Inco Ambiental Ltda became their new exclusive distributor in the Colombian market for their portfolio of odour measurement equipment and software technology.
The Canadian company Scentroid presented also their new six station portable olfactometer SS400. This new olfactometer is offered with a 1-year leasing option up to three years. Annual calibration and maintenance service is included in the lease and after 3 years the olfactometer belongs to the buyer. This lease-to-own option allows to get started with lower financial commitments. This interesting olfactometer was first presented in March in the last WEF Odors and Air Pollutants Conference in Milwaukee and it was also seen in the last NOSE conference in Ischia, Italy.
The company Scentroid also launched this year for the first time an annual re-calibration service for SM100 and SM100i olfactometers. Their new maintenance Service includes disassemble and ultrasonic cleaning, re-assembly and replacement of all tubing and seals and a final re-calibration. Some information about this company and their activities in the form of online seminars here.
At the beginning of this year, the first draft of the BREF (Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document ) on Waste Treatment (WT) was issued. The word "odour" appeared 251 times, which is a a measure of the importance of the odour management in this BREF. Later in the year, the Commission implementing the decision establishing the BAT Conclusions for Waste Water/Gas in the chemical sector was published on the Official Journal of the European Union.
Every year, the Air quality in Europe (AQE) Report presents an updated overview and analysis of air quality in Europe. This year the AQE report edited by the European Environment Agency (EEA) presented the progress towards meeting the requirements of the air quality directives made in 2015 and once again, the AQE report failed short to recognize the odours as a pollutant with a key impact on the air quality in Europe. The EEA has neglected this information and has presented a somewhat biased report about the air quality in Europe. Biased cause Odours are relevant to the air quality, and they are not there.
We also uploaded some new videos in 2016 in our Youtube channel.We hope you enjoy them.
This year we founded together with a group of enthusiasts from many countries the first International Environmental Association of Odour Managers. This is an association with a Spanish base so far. The name of this association is AMIGO (that stands for Asociacion Medioambiental Internacional de Gestores del Olor in Spanish) and it is formed by members of Spain, Chile, Colombia and Argentina at this stage. There have been a few meetings and many decisions have been taken along this year. One of them was choosing the steering board for this association. We hope this initiative have plenty of success in the future.
We wish you enjoy this time with your family and friends and we would like to invite you to come on board next year for more about odours here, in your favourite website, olores.org.