APC-compliance for emissions trading


Brussels, Belgium —European Union’s (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was launched in 2003 and reflects member governments’ belief that technology, not politics, will overcome climate change. At Pavilion Technologies Inc .’s recent environmental seminar in Aberdeen discussions included manufacturers’ opportunity to participate in market-based trading programs that reward companies actively striving to both reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—primarily carbon dioxide—and enhance air quality.

ETS’ Phase I covers GHG from all energy producers/consumers with facilities exceeding 20 MW capacity, including offshore oil-and-gas platforms. Each country maintains its own, electronic-trading registry system, which is monitored by an EU central administrator. Each registry system tracks allowance ownership in much the same way a banking system tracks clients’ money.

Pavilion says it has provided broad support to companies’ emissions control efforts. Reportedly firms such as AES Elstra, Air Liquide, Broin Companies, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Sterling Chemicals, and Eastman Chemicals reportedly use Pavilion Environmental Compliance and Reporting software for emissions compliance. Emissions are monitored, calculated, and reported in real-time. Companies such as Capitol Cement and Dyckerhoff have used Pavilion’s advanced process-control (APC) to increase alternative fuel use and reduce emissions. Other entities, such as Nestle’ and Abbott Laboratories, have deployed Pavilion’s APC to reduce energy consumption.

“Pavilion used its knowledge of emission trading, environmental regulations, and process engineering to tailor the software to our needs and helped us realize a smooth implementation of real-time emissions compliance and reporting in our plant control system,” said Elsta’s business manager, Joop Calje. “With Pavilion, we have seen a dramatic reduction of man-hours necessary for report generation and are able to achieve full compliance with emission-trading regulations.”

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— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering

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