A lot has happened globally since the last time we met and so, we are more excited than ever to announce that the registration for the 9th IWA Odour and VOC/Air Emissions Conference is now open.
This International Conference on Environmental Odours and VOCs Management will be held during the 26-27 of October 2021 in Bilbao, Spain. This year's conference has been organised by Olores.org team and we are eager to meet once again in person, aren't you?
The German Guideline on Odour in Ambient Air (GOAA) has been around for a good couple of decades, but it was just this... a Guideline. There were no general odour limits in the German main legislation on ambient air (TA Luft). During the last years, the GOAA has been fully accepted at court as a regulatory system, so this was the logical step forward.
Last Friday the Federal Council of Germany approved the amendment of the TA Luft and now the odour impact criteria set in the GOAA will be incorporated into the TA Luft, meaning that the GOAA will no longer be a Guidance, but it will just become an odour regulation. That is, now in Germany there will be a regulatory limit of 1 odour hour in ambient air that cannot be exceeded more than 876 hours a yearin residential areas.
The last webinar on odour management organized by the APEA was very interesting. After all the presentations, Mr. Nuno Lacasta, president of the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) announced that The Portuguese Environment Agency is now undertaking the preparation of a Guidance toolkit for odour management and control in Portugal.
According to Mr. Lacasta "This guideline will be based on activities risk assessment and corresponding management plans that identify odour mitigation measures adapting them to technical progress and also to citizen input." In addition he mentioned that they have drawn upon the experience of several European countries in a way that allows for this to be a path that they start to undertake in a comprehensive manner, in Portugal.
Over five years have passed by since the first meeting of the Working Group (WG) 41 dealing with Instrumental Odour Monitoring Systems (IOMS). WG41 is under the umbrella of the Technical Committee 264 on Air Quality of the CEN. In these over 5 years, the group have met 20 times to try to get a draft of a text to be approved in the timeframe available for CEN Standards, but WG41 could not deliver that draft. This means that there will not be a European standard on IOMS in the near future.
CEN has decided to start over the process with WG41. After an initial extension given in 2019, the text could not be finalized, so now it is time to wrap up and start over again. The new work item will be proposed by the end of the year in order to be approved during the next TC meeting (May 2022). Later it will be circulated and voted from all countries, which takes 6 to 8 months, so, according to some experts asked, the work will not start before February/March 2023.
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 2020. 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 Air quality in Europe (AQE) report analyses on an annually basis how the concentration of some chemical pollutants affects the air that we breathe in Europe. These chemicals are supposed to have the highest impact on air quality and thus on health. But where do odours stand here?