Industrial Air Pollution Monitoring

What will I learn?
This course focuses on general management issues, including legislation, compliance with authorisation conditions, quality assurance and control. You’ll gain perspectives from all sides – regulators, industrial emitters and contract source testing organisations. You’ll also look at measurement and analytical techniques. Gaseous and particulate emissions will be covered and both extractive sampling and in situ methods will be discussed. Towards the end of the course there will be a workshop on calculation methods, something which is relevant to everyone involved in emissions monitoring.

How will I benefit?
Whether you’re new to the field or looking to update your knowledge, you’ll gain a broad overview of industrial air pollution monitoring. You’ll have the opportunity to meet equipment and services providers.
If you’re a stack tester requiring personal certification under the Environment Agency's MCERTS scheme, the sessions on Day One are particularly relevant to MCERTS level 2 (team leaders). Day Two is particularly relevant to MCERTS Technical Endorsements 1 (particles), 2 (trace species) and 3 (manual methods for gases). Sessions on Day Three are particularly relevant to MCERTS Technical Endorsement 4 (instrumental methods for gases).

The 2020 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2019 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link.

Day 1: Management of emissions monitoring

  • Emissions monitoring under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR)
  • Management of contract emissions testing
  • The Environment Agency’s Monitoring Certification Scheme
  • Safety management for emission monitoring – the importance of risk assessment
  • The monitoring of emissions at power stations
  • The Operator Monitoring Assessment Scheme (OMA)
  • The monitoring of ERF emissions
  • Monitoring activities at a chemical manufacturing site.

Day 2: Manual and instrumental methods for particles and gases

  • Measurement of particulate emissions by extractive sampling
  • Sampling particulate emissions – a practical overview
  • Sampling and analysis of trace species
  • Manual sampling methods for gases
  • Gas analysis – organics
  • Understanding instrument performance standards
  • Continuous particulate monitoring technologies
  • Calibration of gaseous emission measuring systems.

Day 3: Instrumental methods of particle and gas analysis

  • Design of sampling systems for emissions monitoring
  • Optical analysers for extractive gas analysis systems
  • Data Acquisition and Reporting - Principles and Practice
  • Design and application of FTIR to monitoring pollutants
  • Continuous in situ methods for gases, particulates and flow monitoring
  • Selection of analytical techniques - a case study
  • Gas composition calculations and uncertainty estimation.

This course is for you if you have an interest in industrial air pollution monitoring and will be particularly useful if you’re:

  • an environmental manager
  • an environmental consultant
  • an Environment Agency/SEPA officer
  • a control and instrumentation specialist
  • a contract testing engineer
  • a works chemist or engineer with responsibility for emissions
  • an operator of plant subject to PPC/EPR authorisation.

"Very informative and relevant. A good broad range of speakers from enforcement bodies, certification members and suppliers" EDF Energy

"The course was very professional and provided a good overview of the industry." CEM Solutions (UK) ltd

"Excellent course, enjoyed it. Very good all round overview of measurement systems." Environment Agency

"From a regulator's point of view, I found the course both valuable and interesting. It was most worthwhile hearing from the operator's point of view, and will make my job easier in the future when looking at CEMs for instance" Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Course Director:
Dr Hu Li - School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

Co-Course Director:
Simon Medhurst, Smedstack Environmental

2020 fees

Full three days: £TBC
Any two days: £TBC
Any one day: £TBC


Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches
  • light refreshments
  • course dinner on Date to be confirmed

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel
Otley Road
LS16 5PS


The course will take place at the Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

The hotel accommodation preferential rates have now expired, any accommodation requests should be made direct with the hotel and will be subject to availability and rates.​​


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